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Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Special in San Francisco! (7/7/18)

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NJPW returns to the United States for another G1 Special! So many stars and so many titles will be featured in this massive event, from the Ticking Time Bomb defending his Jr. Heavyweight Championship, to a Dominion rematch for the Tag Team Championships, to the Bullet Club leaders facing off for THE Heavyweight Title!

 

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 10 Man Tag: Chaos’ Yoshi-Hashi, Gedo, Rocky Romero & Roppongi 3K VS The Bullet Club’s Guerrillas of Destiny, Haku, Yujiro Takahashi & Chase Owens; Bullet Club wins.
  • Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano VS Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre Jr; Ishii & Yano win.
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kushida VS Hangman Page & Marty Scurll; Hangman & Scurll win.
  • NEVER Openweight Championship: Hirooki Goto VS Jeff Cobb; Goto wins and retains the NEVER Openweight Championship.
  • IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: The Young Bucks VS EVIL & SANADA; The Young Bucks win and retain the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships.
  • Kazuchika Okada & Will Ospreay VS Tetsuya Naito & Bushi; Okada & Ospreay win.
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Hiromu Takahashi VS Dragon Lee; Hiromu wins and retains the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.
  • IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship: Jay White VS Juice Robinson; Juice wins and becomes the new IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion.
  • IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kenny Omega VS Cody; Omega wins and retains the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

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NJPW is LIVE in the Cow Palace!

The “Madison Square Garden of the West” is host to another amazing G1 Special. Five titles are on the line, from the Junior Heavyweight to THE Heavyweight Championship. Rivalries are renewed and new ones are being born. Will the Superkick Party survive a rematch with SANADA & EVIL? Can Hiromu Takahashi get one over on Dragon Lee? Will The Cleaner’s first ever reign end at the hands of the American Nightmare? Is Bullet Club truly (not) fine?!

 

10 Man Tag: Chaos’ Yoshi-Hashi, Gedo, Rocky Romero & Roppongi 3K VS The Bullet Club’s Guerrillas of Destiny, King Haku, Yujiro Takahashi & Chase Owens!

It’s a MASSIVE showdown between two equally massive factions! Will Chaos conquer the Bullet Club in this opening bout? Or will dysfunction be put aside so that Bullet Club can stand tall?

The teams sort out and while fans chant “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!”, Yoshi-Hashi starts against King Haku. The bell rings and the two circle. Haku swipes at Gedo while fans chant for the Father of the Guerrillas. He and Hashi tie up, and Haku gets the waistlock. Hashi elbows out and then gets a headlock, but Haku powers out. They collide but neither man falls. Haku runs but that clothesline barely does a thing. Hashi runs again and that dropkick drops Haku. Hashi throws hands and backs Haku down, then whips corner to corner. Haku reverses to then clothesline Hashi in the corner! Haku tags Tonga Loa, but Tama Tonga comes in, at the same time. They triple headbutt Hashi together!

Fans chant “G O D!” for Tama Tonga and Tonga Loa. Rocky tags in, but he’s clearly the underdog here. He runs but barely moves Loa. Loa dares him to go again, but the result is the same. Rocky tries a third time, but still nothing. Things speed up on the fourth, and Rocky gets the headscissors! Rocky revs up to start on those endless clotheslines in the corner. He hits five, before Loa picks him up! Loa carries Rocky corner to corner while Tama Tonga comes in, BIG splash in the corner! The rest of Chaos is taken out by the other members of Bullet Club and it’s a brawl on the outside. Haku hits Rocky with a piledriver! Cover, TWO!

Tonga grabs the ref, not standing for the disrespect towards his legendary father. The referee is spared while Loa covers. TWO, but Rocky is alone in the Bullet Club corner. Loa puts Rocky into Chase’s boot, then tags Chase in. Chase hits a body shot, then throws haymakers. Rocky chops back, but Chase knees low. The Crown Jewel lifts Rocky for the pendulum backbreaker. Cover, TWO, but Chase keeps on Rocky as he tags in Tokyo Pimp. Yujiro mule kicks then snapmares Rocky, then hits a leg drop. Cover, TWO. Yujiro keeps Rocky in a chinlock, but fans rally up for Rocky. Rocky gets up and fights out, backing Yujiro down. He runs, but Yujiro picks him up while Chase takes out RPG3K.

Yujiro whips and kicks Rocky, Chase adds a kick, then Yujiro back suplexes Rocky. Rocky slips out, so Chae tries. Rocky slips out again, then ducks to double headscissor! Fans rally up while Rocky crawls. Hot tag to Yoh! Yoh rallies with dropkicks, then a dragon screw to Yujiro, then one to Chase. Yoh suplexes Yujiro but Yujiro slips out. Yujiro waistlocks but Yoh backs him down, and Sho tags in. Sho runs, takes out GoD, then hits Yujiro with a clothesline. Yoh hits one, theN Sho, then Poetry in Motion! RPG3K combine, but Yujiro slips out to push them into each other. Inverted DDT to Sho, then hot tag to Tama Tonga! Tonga stomps away on Sho, then scoop slams for the elbow! Fans fire up with him as he whips Sho. Sho SPEARS Tonga, then crawls for his corner. Tag to Gedo, and Gedo stalks Tonga.

Gedo jabs and jabs, but Loa stops his haymaker. Gedo throws hands on Loa, then jawbreaker to Tonga. He aims, but Tonga blocks the kick. Chase bicycle boots, but Hashi blasts him. Yujiro gets Hashi with the basement dropkick, but RPG3K combine for backstabber to shotgun kick! Loa hits both Sho & Yoh down, but Rocky springboards to hit both GoD! Rocky runs, and DIVES on Loa! Gedo SUPERKICKS Tonga, but Haku throat thrusts Gedo! The Samoan King has the throat, and feeds it to the Gun Stun cutter! Cover, Bullet Club wins!

Winners: Bullet Club, Tama Tonga pinning

While there is unrest in the rest of the Bullet Club, it would seem this unit of five is just fine with each other. Will this be the foundation of the faction after things settle down up top?

 

Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano VS Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre Jr!

The Stone Pitbull and the Producer have had their run-ins with the Meanest Man in the World and his Submission Master protege. Needless to say, it didn’t go well for the Chaos duo. But in this rematch in the States, will things even out? Or will Ishii & Yano again #JustTapOut?

The Pitbull dares the King of Pancreas to bring it, so at the bell, he does! Suzuki goes right at Ishii with boots, then whips. Suzuki boots in the corner, then whips again. Ishii comes back with a forearm, but now it’s a brawl. Back and forth, fast and furious, neither man backs down but the fans love it! There’s no end to it, but Suzuki gets the edge. He whips Ishii but Ishii runs him over. Ishii eggs Suzuki on, but ZSJ tags in. And now Yano wants in! Ishii tags, but Ishii goes after Suzuki without hesitation. As for Yano, he circles with ZSJ, but he’s very scary. Yano uses the ropes for safety, but then asks for a handshake. ZSJ takes it, only to get the wristlock. Yano grabs the ropes, but ZSJ holds onto the wrist. He lets go at 4, then waits for Yano.

Yano wants another handshake, ZSJ gets another wristlock, but Yano rakes the eyes. Yano gets to the ropes and taunt ZSJ. ZSJ grabs a leg, reels Yano in for several European Uppercuts, but Yano pulls him down by his hair. Yano celebrates, but ZSJ goes after the arms! ZSJ gets double wristlocks but Yano manages to get to the ropes. However, it’s on Suzuki’s side of the ring. Suzuki lets ZSJ Pele Yano’s arm before going after Ishii again! Suzuki puts Ishii into railing while ZSJ stands on Yano’s head. ZSJ wraps Yano up in an Indian deathlock while Suzuki chops away on Ishii. ZSJ bridges to put on leverage, then shifts to adding an armlock. Yano endures being tied up like that, and starts back pedaling for ropes. ZSJ grabs the other arm, but Yano uses a leg.

Fans rally while ZSJ lets go of Yano. ZSJ tags to Suzuki, and together they torture Yano with a Fujiwara armbar and Achilles Lock. Then they switch! Ishii protests, but that only gives the devious duo more time to damage Yano’s limbs. They flip Yano over for both an armbar and a heel hook. The referee finally sees and gets ZSJ to leave. Suzuki tags in ZSJ, and it’s just more of the same anyway. Tag back to Suzuki, and Suzuki throws hands on Yano. Suzuki mocks Yano, toys with him, but fans boo and jeer. Suzuki runs, but into an atomic drop! Yano tags Ishii, and he runs in, but into a boot. It does nothing! Ishii and Suzuki brawl again. Ishii runs, then forearms Suzuki, then corner clotheslines him! He trash talks Suzuki, then toys with him.

Suzuki only grows angry from those toying kicks to the head. Suzuki throws another forearm, but Ishii dares him to give more. Ishii hits Suzuki, then slaps him in the head. Suzuki gives Ishii a stiff forearm, then another. Ishii staggers, but stays standing. So Suzuki just gives him another shot, and another. Suzuki keeps going, and Ishii hits the mat. Ishii is okay to continue, so Suzuki toys with him now. Ishii stands and starts throwing forearms on Suzuki. He slaps Suzuki while trash talking, but Suzuki just sticks out his tongue like a wild man. Suzuki throws so many palm strikes, then gets Ishii in a sleeper hold! Ishii throws Suzuki off, then runs, but Suzuki gets around for another hold. Ishii throws Suzuki with a back suplex!

Fans rally up while both men crawl for their corners. Hot tags to Yano and ZSJ! Yano rakes the eyes, then goes for buckle pads! ZSJ stops him just in time, but Yano throws ZSJ off. Yano sings, but misses, and ends up in an octopus stretch. Suzuki picks up the pad to smack Yano with it. Suzuki throws Ishii out and they brawl on the outside again. ZSJ catches Yano’s low blow, then the haymaker, into the bridging pin, TWO! EuroUpper! ZSJ runs but into bare buckles! Yano shoves him at the ref, but ZSJ stops himself short. Low blow blocked by leg strength! But then Ishii runs ZSJ over! Yano covers, Chaos wins!!

Winners: Chaos, Yano pinning

What a shocking exchange! Yano’s trickery and Ishii’s toughness win out, but that just pisses Suzuki off. Suzuki grabs himself a chair, then rushes the ring. Security and Young Lions work to stop Suzuki, and manage to get him away from the ring. But ZSJ makes one of them pay for it by throwing him to the ground. Then Suzuki SMACKS the other with that chair. This feud is far from over, will Suzuki show any mercy next time?

 

Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kushida VS Hangman Page & Marty Scurll!

The Ace and the Time Splitter have had their issues with the Problem Solver and Villain in their own paths before, but now all four men converge tonight. Can the main unit boys overcome Bullet Club’s proverbial lieutenants tonight?

Fans duel while both teams egg each other on, but things sort out to start with Scurll and Kushida. The junior heavyweights circle and tie up. Kushida gets the waistlock but Scurll reverses, only for Kushida to reverse back. Scurll spins and rolls to reverse back, but Kushida gets a takedown. Kushida grabs the facelock, and holds on as Scurll rolls. Kushida floats all over, then gets a waistlock. Scurll pries his way out but it ends up a full nelson. Scurll breaks it with a bump, then gets a full nelson of his own. Kushida tries to copy but ends up in an octopus! Kushida pries his way out to bring Scurll down but Scurll headscissors. Scurll takedown but Kushida headscissors, so Scurll flaps his wings. Tag to Hangman and Tanahashi!

Now the heavyweights circle, and fans are strongly behind Tanahashi. He and Hangman tie up, and Hangman reverses to a wristlock and headlock. Tanahashi powers out to his own headlock, but Hangman pulls on hair! Kushida protests, but that allows Tanahashi to pull Hangman’s hair. They go into a corner and Tanahashi throws body shots. He whips Hangman but Hangman reverses. Hangman runs in, but into a back elbow, and Tanahashi leaps for a crossbody! Tanahashi air guitars and fans fire up. Tanahashi mocks the wings and Scurll gets upset. Tag to Kushida, and Kushida drops ax handles on the arm. Kushida wrenches Hangman’s arm, then whips, but Hangman holds ropes. Hangman dumps Kushida out while Scurll takes out Tanahashi. They run together, SUPERKICK to SHOOTING STAR from the apron!

Fans chant “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” while Hangman & Scurll target Taguchi himself. Taguchi doesn’t want any trouble, but that doesn’t stop them. They club Taguchi down and bring him into the ring. They double whip, he goes to hip attack, but they get clear. Taguchi crashes and burns out of the ring, having hurt his behind. Scurll grabs Kushida, and the Bullet Club double whip, drop toehold, dropkick, then shooting star and fist drop! Cover, TWO! Hangman keeps on Kushida and bumps him off Scurll’s bot. Tag to Scurll, and they work together again. Double whip Kushdia corner to corner, and Scurll hits the clothesline. He becomes a step stool but Kushida gives Hangman the Poetry in Motion! Kushida then handsprings to back elbow Scurll down! Fans rally while Kushida crawls. Hot tag to Tanahashi!

Tanahashi rallies on Scurll, whips corner to corner, but Scurll reverses. Tanahashi still comes out with a back elbow, then he wipes Hangman out for good measure. He gives Scurll a Dragon Screw, then fires up. Fans fire up with him as he scoop slams Scurll down. Tanahashi climbs up, somersault senton! Cover, TWO! Fans rally again as Tanahashi runs, but into Scurll’s crossface chicken wing! Scurll almost has it, but Tanahashi pries his way out. Fans rally for Tanahashi as he keeps those hands apart. Tanahashi breaks free but runs into a palm strike. He knocks Scurll down with one of his own, then tags Kushida. Kushida fires off on Scurll, but Scurll hits the leg. Kushida hip toss, cartwheel and dropkick!

Scurll dodges the Penalty Kick, and Hangman comes in to rock Kushida with a right. Tanahashi returns, but Hangman gets him first. Tanahashi reverses the whip to Slingblade Hangman down! Scurll comes back and fakes Tanahashi out for the mule kick. Scurll stomps Kushida’s hand, then grabs the fingers. Shh! Kushida breaks free but runs into a EuroUpper. Scurll runs into a spinning forearm, then ends up in a takedown, Hoverboard Lock! Tanahashi intercepts Hangman for the Cloverleaf! Double submissions, but Hangman crawls out of the ring. Scurll stands up while Tanahashi misses his slingshot. BUCK SHOT from Hangman! Tag to Hangman, and he jackknifes into Rite, but sunset flip! TWO! Discus forearm meets Pele! Kushida kicks out the arm, then runs, but Hangman blocks the Hoverboard, into RITE OF PASSAGE! Cover, Bullet Club wins!

Winners: Bullet Club, Hangman pinning

A mostly clean win from the devious Villain & Problem Solver, but a win is a win. Will Hangman do the same to Tanahashi in the G1 Climax tournament? Or will the Ace fine a way to win out in the end?

 

NEVER Openweight Championship: Hirooki Goto VS Jeff Cobb!

The All-Pro Universal Champion is quite the monster with his strength and speed, but he goes up against the Fierce Warrior for another belt. Will Chaos’ constant be able to conquer Mr. Athletic in this first-ever meeting?

The belt is presented and the bell rings as we begin! Fans are strongly behind Cobb as he circles with Goto. They tie up, and Cobb backs Goto to the ropes. Cobb honors the break, and they circle again. They tie up again, and Cobb again powers Goto to ropes. Goto turns it around, but Goto honors the break, for a moment. Goto kicks and clubs away on Cobb, then stomps. Fans boo and jeer, but Goto tunes them out as he whips Cobb. Cobb reverses, and the two collide. Cobb doesn’t back down, but he does let his hair down while Goto eggs him on. Goto tries to hip toss but ducks the clothesline, but not the flying shoulder!

Cobb drags Goto up and throws forearms and EuroUppers. He whips Goto corner to corner, then grabs Goto for a BIG overhead suplex! Fans rally up but Cobb runs into a boot. Goto goes up, but Cobb yanks him off and to the mat. Cobb drags Goto up, and gives him a stiff chop. Goto chops back, but Cobb chops again. Cobb whips but Goto dodges to bait Cobb over and out! Goto then slingshots, and wipes Cobb out! Goto gets up to club away on Cobb, then puts him into a post! Fans boo and jeer as Goto goes after Cobb more. The 20 count begins, but Goto puts Cobb back in at 8. Goto stalks Cobb with stomps, then brings him up for elbows. He snapmares Cobb, to drop the elbow. Fans boo and jeer more, but Goto just drops another. Cover, TWO!

Goto drags Cobb up for a neck wrench. Fans rally as Cobb endures, but Goto switches to a headscissors hold. Goto squeezes Cobb and props himself up. Cobb endures, then rolls his way to a ropebreak. Goto lets Cobb go, but then drags him up for another snapmare and chinlock. Cobb endures while fans rally again. Goto goes to drive in an elbow but Cobb blocks it! Cobb powers out, then dropkicks Goto down! Both men are down but fans rally up. Cobb staggers to ropes, then waits for Goto. He throws a forearm, then a chop, repeat. Cobb whips Goto corner to corner, and hits a leaping uppercut! Cobb lifts and swings Goto with the Sidewinder! Cover, TWO! Cobb is a bit surprised, but he’s not done yet.

Cobb drags Goto up, then lifts for a torture rack. Running slam! Fans fire up, because Cobb still has more. Standing moonsault, but it misses as Goto rolls away! Both men are down again, but fans rally again. Each man gets to a corner, then Goto runs in for the spinning heel kick! Goto suplexes Cobb, cover, TWO! Goto drags Cobb up, but fans are on Cobb’s side. Cobb resists the fireman’s carry with back elbows, then blocks the boot to give a stiff forearm. Cobb drags Goto up, scoop onto the shoulder to bump off buckles and hit the Oklahoma slam! Cover, TWO! So close but so far from finishing this match. Cobb stands up again, then runs, but the two collide with clotheslines. Neither falls, so they go again. They still stay up, so they go again, and it’s Goto that gets flipped! Standing moonsault hits! TWO!!

Cobb is shocked, but not done yet. He throws Goto, then scoops, but Goto slips out to a sleeper hold! Cobb gasps, reaching for ropes. Fans rally up and Cobb gets a second wind to throw Goto off. Goto and Cobb both stand, but Cobb sees Goto coming. Goto dodges the boot to give the spinning clothesline. Cobb dares him to do more, so Goto headbutts. Goto lifts Cobb, USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Cobb survives and that shocks Goto now. Goto brings Cobb up, but Cobb denies GTR with a suplex. Goto knees out, and tries to turn Cobb again. Cobb resists, so Goto clubs him. Reverse GTR! Cover, Goto wins!

Winner: Hirooki Goto, by pinfall; still NEVER Openweight Champion

The Fierce Warrior manages to hold off the powerful behemoth that is Jeff Cobb. Goto starts over with this first successful defense, will he be able to hold onto it for a long time?

 

IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: The Young Bucks VS EVIL & SANADA!

It’s a rematch from Dominion 2018, where “the best tag team in professional wrestling” took those titles from Los Ingobernables de Japon’s heavy hitting duo. Matt & Nick Jackson won in Osaka, but can they throw a victorious Superkick Party in their home state of California?

Fans chant “The! Elite! The the Elite!” for the champions as always. Cold Skull Sanada starts against Nick with the bell. They circle, but Sanada hits Matt. So Nick hits Evil! Nick whips but Sanada reverses, and things speed up. Nick stops himself but Sanada blocks the kick to spin Nick around for the dragon sleeper! Sanada lands on his feet through the snapmare, but Nick dodges the dropkick. Nick drops an elbow but Sanada dodges. Sanada drops an elbow but Nick dodges. Matt drops an elbow, Sanada dodges, then Evil drops a back senton but Matt dodges. Nick grabs Evil in headscissors but Sanada does the same to Nick. Matt comes back and grabs Evil’s legs. Fans sense what’s coming, as does Sanada, Sharpshooter that flips everyone over! A strange chain of submissions there.

But with only two men legal, there’s something illegal about this, so the referee has them all break. Matt regroups with Nick while Evil goes out. They double whip Sanada, hip toss and back-flip dropkicks! Headscissor dropkick for Evil, and fans fire up for The Bucks! The Bucks double whip Sanada again, double kick, then the alley-oop, but into a dropkick from Sanada! Evil blocks Matt’s kick, and feeds it to the ref, to then mule kick Matt in the ass. Matt rolls out from being butt hurt while Sanada grabs Nick. Sanada drags Nick over to a neutral corner, then whips him corner to corner. Sanada hits the corner clothesline, but Nick boots back. The boot is caught, and Sanada drags Nick out into the paradise lock! Nick is a pretzel, so Sanada dropkicks him out of paradise!

Tag to Evil, and LIJ drag Nick up for double whip. Back elbow to back senton, then cover, TWO! Evil grabs Nick into a half surfboard with those arms. Fans rally up and Nick feeds off it. Nick works against the hold but Evil keeps him grounded. Nick powers up again, but still can’t get free. Evil digs in a knee but fans keep rallying for Nick. Nick tries one more time, and manages to turn it around, only for Evil to turn it back around. So Nick dropkicks out! Fans rally again, and Nick crawls, but Sanada trips Matt right off the apron! Fans boo and jeer, but Sanada doesn’t care. Evil attacks Nick, then rakes the eyes. He whips Nick corner to corner but Nick slides out to trip up Sanada. Nick runs into Evil, but slips out of the back suplex to tag Matt!

Matt rallies on LIJ, but they get him with kicks. LIJ double whips, but he dodges to leaping lariat them both! Matt grabs Evil to throw haymakers and chops. Matt whips Evil but Evil holds ropes. Evil throws Matt to the apron, but Matt shoulders back in, then takes out Sanada with a cutter! Matt sunset flips in, legs to the Sharpshooter! The Cease is in, but that back bothers Matt again. Evil gets a ropebreak,  so Matt tags to Nick. Nick kicks Sanada for good measure, then coordinates for the slingshot X-Factor. Nick goes to asai onto Sanada, but Sanada dodges to asai into dragon sleeper! Matt sees his brother in danger, and wrecks Sanada with a dropkick. But then Evil knocks Matt out, to build speed. SUPERKICKS! Sanada springboards, double missile dropkick! All four men are down but the fans are loving it.

Fans duel while all four men stir. Nick tags in Matt, but Evil tags in Sanada. Sanada and Matt trade haymakers back and forth. Matt kicks, then whips Sanada, but Sanada back elbows. Sanada quebradas, dragon sleeper, but Matt slices bread to get it on Sanada. Sanada turns it around again, for the swinging dragon sleeper! He climbs up top, moonsaults, but Matt evades. Sanada tumbles back out to the apron, but Matt gets him with a triangle jump DDT to the apron! Nick climbs up and aims at Sanada, 450 splash! Cover from Matt, TWO! The Bucks can’t believe it, but this isn’t over yet. Matt puts Sanada in the Sharpshooter, but Sanada drags himself towards ropes. Nick hits the swanton! Then he intercepts Evil, to FLY!

Sanada is alone, enduring the Sharpshooter. Sanada drags himself towards ropes, drawing so close to either the break or the tap. He powers up and gets the break! Matt lets Sanada go, thinking of what else to do. He tags in Nick, and Nick climbs up. Matt brings Sanada up for the fireman’s carry. More Bang for- No, knees disrupt that, and Sanada avoids the moonsault! Sanada crawls for his corner, and Evil is back to tag in! Evil German Suplexes Nick, then the same for Matt! Nick fights of another, but Evil still reels him in for another German! Evil fires up and runs in at Nick for a BIG clothesline. Then the fireman’s carry, Darkness Falls! Cover, TWO! Evil isn’t deterred, he brings Nick up. Nick slips free to back elbow. Nick suplexes but Evil counters. Sanada comes in, MAGIC KILLER! Cover, Matt breaks it!

Sanada throws Matt out but Matt brings him out, too. Evil drags Nick up, but Nick denies the STO. Matt puts Sanada into barriers, then he saves Nick from the slam. Deja vu to Dominion, but Evil dodges the SUPERKICKS, and they go into the ref! Evil double clotheslines both Bucks down! But with no ref to count, there’s no point in covering. Instead, Sanada pulls out some items from under the ring. He gives Evil a chair, but Evil misses. Evil and Nick play hot potato, but then Matt gets up, SUPERKICKS into the chair! SUPERKICKS for Sanada, then Matt prepares the chair on the mat. He brings Evil up as fast as he can with that bad back while Nick waits on the apron. Tombstone position, but Sanada trips up Nick! Evil reverses to the Tombstone, Ungovernable Driver on the chair!

Sanada wakes the ref, Evil covers, but Nick barely breaks it in time! Fans are all fired up, but Sanada throws Nick back out. Evil rises and calls for the finish. “This is Awesome!” as they prepare and hit Magic Killer! Cover, TWO!? How?! Sanada slingshots to take Nick out for good measure, and Evil waits for Matt. Matt reverses to back slide and SUPERKICK! Evil still goes after him, so Matt uses the STO! Sanada flies into SUPERKICKS! The Bucks hurry to get Evil up, then MELTZER DRIVER! Cover, The Bucks win!

Winners: The Young Bucks, Matt pinning; still IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions

Another thrilling close-call, but the Superkick Party rolls on! Their first heavyweight tag title reign continues, how far can Matt & Nick Jackson go in the Heavyweight Tag Division?

 

NJPW and AXS look at the Bullet Club Civil War.

Kenny Omega saw trouble coming from the very beginning when The American Nightmare used the faction to elevate himself. Cody manipulated the Young Bucks, Marty Scurll & Hangman Page, but Omega has already shown what he does to selfish members of the Club before. On the flip side, Cody saw Omega as too obsessed with his own goals and it was ruining the faction. The other members have been unsure which side to choose, but The Bucks found a way to decide. They chose Kenny. It cost Omega his match against Cody in ROH, but Cody took it as validation. Everyone else has reconciled aside from Cody, who is the “rotten apple” messing up the bunch. Is it hatred? Is it a matter of pride? More importantly, is it going to end with their match tonight?

 

Kazuchika Okada & Will Ospreay VS Tetsuya Naito & Bushi!

The Rainmaker is no longer IWGP Heavyweight Champion, the Aerial Assassin is no longer Jr. Heavyweight Champion, and LIJ’s Tranquilo leader is no longer Intercontinental Champion. Who will come out of this match with renewed vigor towards chasing the titles they lost at Dominion?

Fans are evenly split between Chaos and LIJ, especially Okada and Naito. Okada starts but wonders who is starting against him. Naito hears fans wanting him, so he obliges. Okada and Naito hear the fans fire up for them just being in the ring together. They circle, lunge, but Naito evades to keep things tranquilo. Naito and Okada circle but again Naito dodges. Fans enjoy the mind games, and Okada manages to shrug it off. They tie up finally, and Okada backs Naito to the ropes. Okada backs off, to fake the chop. Naito actually kicks then throws Okada out. Naito builds speed, to Tranquilo!

Fans love it, but Okada cools off before returning. Okada and Naito circle again, and fans rally up. Then Naito tags out to Bushi. Some fans boo and jeer but others still love the mind games. Okada tags in Ospreay, and now the junior heavyweights circle. Bushi kicks then slides off the back to headscissor, but Ospreay handsprings through to dropkick Bushi down. Bushi rolls out so Ospreay builds speed, to fake him out for the superhero landing. Naito rushes in but gets a kick for it! Bushi returns but Ospreay is ready with a chop. Ospreay whips Bushi to a corner, hits the back elbow, then sweeps the legs. Bushi gets up as Ospreay runs corner to corner, but Ospreay boots him away.

Ospreay runs again, but into a drop toehold, and Naito dropkicks in. Okada comes in, but Naito feeds him to Bushi’s sunset flip, which just feeds Okada back to Naito’s basement dropkick! Okada rolls out while Bushi returns to Ospreay. Bushi chokes and stretches Ospreay at the ropes, but backs off at 4. Meanwhile, Naito keeps on Okada on the outside. Bushi has Ospreay in the corner while fans sing for the Aerial Assassin. Bushi grinds his boot into Ospreay but stops at 4. Naito tags in, then stalks Ospreay to the ropes. He brings Ospreay around to whip to a corner, then jump kicks and sweeps the leg, swinging shotgun kick! Naito spits at Okada, then tags Bushi. Bushi wraps his shirt around Ospreay’s neck to choke him! He drops Ospreay with a neckbreaker, covers, but the ref sees the shirt. No count, and the shirt is tossed away.

Tag to Naito, and he toys with Ospreay. Ospreay fires up and pushes back, then gives forearms. Naito fakes the retaliation, only to kick Ospreay low. Naito whips Ospreay thne turns the boots away. Ospreay hits back from the apron but Naito gets under the springboard. Naito kicks, then runs, but into the flip dropkick and enziguri! Both men are down, but Ospreay is headed for his corner. Fans rally up, hot tag to Okada! Okada rallies on LIJ, then hits Naito. He builds speed and runs Naito over with an elbow! Bushi attacks but runs into a flapjack that splashes onto Naito! Okada kips up, then scoops Naito for the slam. Okada gets to the corner, aims at Naito, and hits the flying crossbody! Cover, TWO, but Okada keeps his cool while fans fire up.

Okada brings Naito up, but Naito blocks the gutwrench. Okada clubs Naito down then wrenches again, but Naito slips out into the dragon sleeper neckbreaker, and adds the dropkick to the back. Naito catches his breath, then brings Okada up. Okada resists Gloria, but Naito hits an enziguri. Hammerlock lift but Okada slips out to dropkick Naito in the back. Okada whips but Naito holds ropes to dodge the dropkick. Naito whips but Okada reverses, but Naito hits the flying forearm. Naito brings Okada up, tilt-o-whirl, but into the Tombstone, yet Naito slips out. He uses the ropes, but Okada blocks the tornado DDT with power! Okada lifts Naito, Air Raid! Both men are down but the fans applaud. They rally up for Okada as both men crawl. Hot tags to Ospreay and Bushi!

Ospreay and Bushi brawl with forearms back and forth. Bushi swings but Ospreay full nelsons. Bushi breaks free but gets the hook kick. Ospreay dragon sleeper suplex, but Bushi slips out. Bushi hits the swinging boots, then the missile dropkick! It’s a Bushi-rooni into double knees, then the swinging neckbreaker! Cover, but Okada breaks it. Naito throws Okada out, Bushi runs for a code breaker! Cover, TWO! Bushi isn’t done, though, as he climbs back up. He aims at Ospreay as Ospreay slowly stands. But he flies into a roundhouse! Naito baseball slides Ospreay, then dodges the Rainmaker lariat, but not that dropkick! Okada fires up as he pursues Naito. Bushi kicks Ospreay, but runs into a Spanish Fly! Cover, TWO! Ospreay fires up, Robinson Special kick! He drags Bushi up, double underhook to Stormbreaker!! Cover, Chaos wins!

Winners: Okada & Ospreay, Ospreay pinning

The former Heavyweight and Jr. Heavyweight Champions combine for a victory tonight, not letting their past defeats drag them down. Can the Rainmaker & Assassin climb back up to take back what they’ve lost?

 

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Hiromu Takahashi VS Dragon Lee!

This rivalry spans both NJPW and CMLL promotions, and sometimes even ROH. Lee is the current CMLL World Lightweight Championship while the Ticking Time Bomb won his belt back at Dominion after also winning Best of the Super Juniors 25. While Hiromu is NJPW’s best Junior, will Lee prove he’s the best in two companies?

But Dragon Lee doesn’t wait for the bell, he just waits for Hiromu to be done putting away his toys, to leap out with a crazy huricanrana! If there was any doubt, this proves there’s no love lost between these two. The bell rings, and we begin outside the ring as Lee whips Hiromu into railings then rams into him. Lee returns to the ring, builds speed, and DIVES! That was a dangerous tope suicida, but Lee still did it. He gets up and puts Hiromu into the ring. Hiromu gets to a corner, but Lee runs in for a dropkick and sweep to swinging dropkick, NAITO’s moves. Lee even mocks Tranquilo! Fans boo and jeer but Lee throws elbow after elbow into Hiromu. The referee backs Lee off, but only long enough for that corner to corner dropkick! Cover, TWO!

Lee keeps his focus as he drags Hiromu up for an ankle lock. Hiromu rolls through but gets stomped out. Lee puts on a chinlock, then rakes the face. Lee lets go, but then kicks Hiromu across the back. He keeps on Hiormu with a whip into a corner. Hiromu comes out with a headscissor, but Lee just handsprings through. They speed up, and Lee gets caught that time. Hiromu hits Lee with a clothesline and baseball slide dropkick! Lee gets out of the ring, but Hiromu doesn’t stop, John Woo from the apron! Hiromu climbs up top now, and aims at Lee, for a SUPER SENTON!! They crash and burn on the ground! Fans lose their minds after that one.

The 20 count begins, but Hiromu gets on the apron at 10. Lee grabs Hiromu, not wanting to end the count. Hiromu fights him off, but they both end up on the apron. They brawl, and the count stops as they go back and forth. Hiromu rocks Lee but Lee rocks Hiromu. Hiromu kicks Lee, then brings him up to the top rope. He climbs up with Lee, and fans fear for the wrestlers’ lives. Lee stops Hiromu’s crazy idea, and fans rally up as they brawl more. Each man fires up, and that headbutt rocks Hiromu into a Tree of Woe. Lee stands up, SUPER WOE STOMPS! Hiromu hits apron and then ground, and fans lose their minds all over again. Both men are down as a new 20 count begins. They stir at 6, but doesn’t stand until 9.

Lee gets on the apron, but Hiromu grabs him for the powerbomb! The count climbs, but Hiromu flounders around. They both get in at 19.5! Hiromu and Lee are already so sore, but somehow both stand up. Hiromu runs in for a big clothesline, then whips. Lee reverses to clothesline, but Hiromu reels him into a wheelbarrow German Suplex! Hiromu keeps going, but runs into a rebound German! Yet he springs up to German Lee back! But so does Lee! Hiromu Germans Lee again, but Lee gets up to give it back! Fans chant “Suplex City!” as Hiromu gives Lee another! Lee flounders, but he still goes towards Hiromu. Lee grabs Hiromu for yet another German suplex! Hiromu clotheslines, but Lee knee strikes into another German Suplex! SUPERKICK from Hiromu, then German! Lee Reverse-ranas, but runs into a massive clothesline!

Both men are down but the fans are loving it all! They chant “New Japan!” to show appreciation to the promotion bringing this to us. Fans rally up as both men stir, but a 10 count begins. Lee gets up with ropes while Hiromu gets up on his own. They go back towards each other, and trade sharp chops. Back and forth they go, sharper and sharper. Hiromu staggers but still comes back with a chop. Then he dares Lee to do the same, so Lee does! Both men drop to a knee from the stinging pain, but they don’t back off for long. They chop more, more, more, faster, harder, sharper! Fans are loving the endless chop fight going on in the ring. They shift to slaps now, then as hove. Hiromu and Lee trade blocks, but Lee gets the knee. Lee runs but into the overhead throw!

Hiromu grins before he lifts Lee, for a fireman’s slam! Cover, TWO! Hiromu drags Lee up again, but Lee slips out. Lee lifts Hiromu for a suplex but Hiromu slips out to SUPERKICK! Hiromu runs, but into Spanish Fly! Cover, TWO! Both men are down from exhaustion now, but fans rally up. Lee grabs Hiromu, but Hiromu headscissors out of the suplex, into the triangle hold! Lee resists, deadlifts, and powerbombs! But Hiromu holds on! Lee endures as he tries another deadlift, then shifts it to a Dragon Driver!

Fans lose their minds over the impact to Hiromu’s head, but Lee shows no mercy. Lee brings Hiromu up again, for a suplex to sit-out bomb! Cover, TWO!! Hiromu survives while Lee grows frustrated. Fans rally up while Lee brings Hiromu up. Lee knee lifts, then bomb lifts, but Hiromu pops out for a Destroyer! Cover, TWO!! But the Time Bomb still has more to give as he brings Lee up, fro THE Ticking Time Bomb! Cover, Hiromu wins!

Winner: Hiromu Takahashi, by pinfall; still IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion

This explosive feud was intense even before the bell. But in the end, the eccentric champion retains against one of his fiercest rivals in the world. Will Hiromu’s second reign last a long time with heart like that?

 

IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship: Jay White VS Juice Robinson!

The Switchblade snatched the belt from the inaugural champion, Kenny Omega, while the Flamboyant One has tried but failed to grab a title for himself again and again. The Switchblade upped the animosity between him and Juice, vowing Juice will walk away with nothing! Or will the actual American in this match be the first American to finally hold this title?

But there’s a special rule: Juice cannot use his cast as a weapon, on grounds of a disqualification. In other words, Juice might as well be fighting with one less hand. But Juice doesn’t care, he’s confident he’ll win even with just one hand. The belt is presented, both men are checked, and we begin!

White mocks the bad hand, so Juice tackles him and uses the good hand! White turns it around to throw hands of his own, but Juice turns it back again. They separate, and Juice crossbodies White out with him! Fans chant for Juice as he aims from the apron for the flying clothesline! Juice dusts himself off and puts White into railings. White clutches his arm but Juice is back on him. Juice throws White into railings and it crashes into the timekeeper’s area! Juice holds that belt, and says the timekeepers are just holding onto it for him. He then puts White back in the ring, and prepares his good hand. White stands, and Juice jabs away. “Juice! Juice!” echoes out, but he can’t use the left, so he just chops White.

White gets to a corner, and Juice hits a corner clothesline. But then White suplexes Juice out to the floor! Juice clutches his neck while White regroups. White goes out to fetch Juice, and put him into railings in return! The railing almost flies away with that impact. White mocks Juice’s fist pump while fans boo and jeer. White digs Juice out of the wreckage to then chop him across the chest. He then throw Juice into the timekeeper’s area, and practically bowls the table and chairs over! White eggs the fans on as they boo and jeer. The referee, Red Shoes, reprimands White and wants him to put this in the ring. Fans chant “You Suck!” at White as he puts Juice in. White suplexes Juice into buckles, then covers. TWO, but White is only annoyed.

White goes back to Juice with clubbing forearms across that back. He then tortures the bad hand with the wristlock and finger stretching. He even stands on and, while flipping everyone off, stomps said bad hand! Juice crawls, but White is on him. White hammerlocks for the scoop slam to beat up that bad hand. Fans jeer White but White responds with another middle finger. White brings Juice back up for another hammerlock. He tortures the arm while fans rally up for Juice. Juice gets to a corner but White keeps on the arm. Juice reverses and jabs with the good hand. He headbutts, but misses the kick. He elbows out of the waistlock, though, only to end up in a saido suplex! Fans boo White more, but he doesn’t care as he brings Juice over for a Muda Lock. He even uses the bad hand to choke Juice!

Fans rally for Juice as he endures the hold. Juice crawls as best as he can, and reaches for the ropes. White wrenches but Juice gets the ropebreak! White lets go at 3, but goes after Juice on the apron. He has Juice between ropes to throw EuroUpper after EuroUpper, then chops. He chops Juice again, then again, then again. White does not let up on Juice, but Juice tells him to “Eat sh*t!” White chops again, then runs, to EuroUpper Juice right out of the ropes. Fans boo and jeer White more, but White keeps mocking Juice. White waits for Juice to stand, and then copies the jabs. He jabs and jabs, then winds up the right, but Juice chops back! White chops, so Juice chops again. They go again, and White falls to a knee, only to wring out the arm.

White drags Juice back up, but runs into a spinebuster! Fans rally while both men get to corners. Juice runs in for the big clothesline. Juice gives a discus clothesline, then runs, but into a complete shot! White drags Juice up with a German Suplex! Bridge, TWO, but White goes after the bad arm with the Fujiwara! Juice endures the bend from elbow to fingers, but White makes it a modified Rings of Saturn on top. White tortures both arms, but Juice uses his legs for the ropebreak. Juice slips out of the ring but White pursues. White rams Juice into a post, then snap suplexes him into railing! The impact is so hard, it knocks JR out of his seat at commentary! Not that White cares, he just mocks JR and Josh. Josh is about to get in there himself!

White keeps his distance, and JR just wants to find his hat. Red Shoes tries to calm Josh down, but fans let White know he’s an “As*hole!” Josh returns to commentary, but White keeps on Juice. He yanks Juice into a post, then brings out chairs. White prepares a chair like a vice on Juice’s hand! White swings the other chair, but Juice gets his hand out in time! Juice swings at White, but only SMACKS the post. White goes after Juice with another saido suplex! White returns into the ring to refresh the count, then brings Juice up again. Juice grabs White with a headlock and elbows away on White. White clubs Juice back, then reels Juice in for another suplex. Juice slips out, to SPIENBUSTER White onto the apron! Fans are loving the intensity, and rally up for Juice again.

Red Shoes checks on both men, but somehow both men are okay to continue. Juice gets up and into the ring, but White grabs the bad hand. Fans chant “Juice S A!” while White and Juice end up on the apron. White brings Juice up, but Juice swings, only to end up in a complete shot on the apron. White gets up and deadlifts Juice, but Juice grabs ropes. Juice fights for his life, but White clubs away. White pulls but Juice holds on with all he has. The two keep fighting, but Juice elbows White away. Juice then switches, to a SUPER Russian Leg Sweep!! They crash and burn on the ground, and a 20 count begins. Neither man stirs until about 10, and don’t stand until 17! Juice gets in, but White barely makes it at 19.9.

Both men are crawling while fans rally up. They stand in opposite corners, Juice CANNONBALLS! Juice hoists White onto the top rope, then headbutts before climbing up. Fans fire up while Juice prepares something. SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! But Juice is not deterred, he has something left. He brings White up, turns him around, but the Unprettier is countered into an armlock! Juice crawls to the ropes and gets the break. White won’t let go, he just throws elbow after elbow! Red Shoes finally gets him to stop, but that doesn’t stop White’s egotistical posing. White brings Juice up, but Juice slips out of the Blade Runner. Juice goes to punch, but Red Shoes reminds him of using the cast! This distraction allows White to EuroUpper, but backslide counter! TWO, Blade– No, Pulp- No, White shoves Juice at Red Shoes! LOW BLOW!

Juice collapses and Red Shoes saw nothing. White runs in, but Juice dodges. Cast hand punch!! Red Shoes still didn’t see it, so Juice gets away with it. Juice drags White back up, turns him, PULP FRICTION!! Cover, TWO?!!? How!? Juice can’t understand why he’s still so far away from the title. But fans rally up for him, they believe in him. Juice stands and fires up! He brings White up, wants it again, but White hits the bad hand. White grabs Juice in the Half-Nelson Suplex! Then, he dodges the left hand for ANOTHER! White calls for his end, and brings Juice up again. Roll up! JUICE WINS!!

Winner: Juice Robinsin, by pinfall; NEW IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion

The first American for the American championship!! White’s ego got the better of him, and now Juice is the third-ever IWGP USHC! Juice is so happy, he hugs Red Shoes. White refuses to accept this, but the referee’s decision is final. Red Shoes officially gives Juice the belt, and the celebration truly begins! Will this title’s first American bring it to new heights?

 

IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kenny Omega VS Cody w/ Brandi Rhodes & Bernard the Business Bear!

The Bullet Club has been through many transitions since forming as a faction. From the founding Prince Devitt to the Phenomenal AJ Styles to the current iteration, it has been one of the strongest factions in NJPW. But with The Cleaner having finally climbed the mountain, he is ready to settle things with the would-be leader, The American Nightmare. Omega is the face of pro-wrestling today, but will the Son of the Son of a Plumber ruin the dream already?

The belt is presented while fans chant “The! Elite! The the Elite!” Fans are definitely more on Omega’s side than Cody’s. For that matter, The Bucks are on Omega’s side more than Cody’s. The bell rings, and we begin.

Omega and Cody stare down, but Cody is again bothered by so many more people being on Omega’s side than on his. They circle, testing each other. Cody shoots a look at The Bucks, but the Bucks just shrug. What did he expect them to do? Cody and Omega circle again and finally tie up. They go around with waistlocks and standing switches, but Cody goes after the hand. Omega reverses, but Cody thumbs the eyes. Fans boo while Cody gruffly acknowledges the ropebreak. They back off, and fans boo and jeer Cody while Omega checks his eyes. The fans aren’t very nice to Cody, either. But Cody just takes it out on Omega as they tie up again.

They go back to a corner, and Omega honors the break. Cody doesn’t with that shove, but Omega keeps from retaliating. The two circle again, tie up, and Omega gets the headlock. Cody powers out, but Omega knocks him back with a shoulder. Cody pie-faces Omega so Omega kicks back. Now Cody gets the headlock but Omega powers out. Cody runs Omega over with the shoulder, and motions that the belt will be his. Things speed up and Omega hip tosses. Cody kicks back then headlock takeover but Omega headscissors. Omega headlocks but Cody reverses. Omega powers out to then chop Cody sharp. Cody slips out of the back suplex, kick to dropping uppercut. Omega ends up outside the ring, but Cody pursues.

Cody punches Omega around the way, then bumps Omega off the apron. Fans still curse out Cody, and that distracts him. Omega hits Cody, but Cody rams Omega into the apron. Cody puts Omega in the ring, then stalks him. Cody chops Omega in a corner, then chops again. Omega turns it around to chop back even sharper. Omega goes to chop a third time but Cody turns it around. Cody whips corner to corner but Omega reverses. Omega runs in but Cody goes up and over to hit the spinning powerslam. Cover, TWO! Cody keeps his cool while he gets back up.

Cody brings Omega up for a headlock and punches. Omega’s eye is bugging him, but he still reels Cody into a waistlock. Cody elbows out then runs, to duck the boot. Omega elbows back to dropkick the legs out. Omega runs, Kotaro Crusher bulldog! Cody rolls out of the ring, but the Terminator rises. Brandi coaches Cody up, but Omega builds sped. Cody uses Brandi as a shield! But he still get a dropkick. Omega slingshots but misses, and Brandi taunts him. Cody builds speed, to FLY! His springboard splash takes Omega out.

Cody hears the fans boo and jeer again, but he ends up arguing with The Bucks over putting things back in the ring. Cody instead throws Omega into barriers. He then takes off the weight belt, but simply tosses it to Matt. Cody whips Omega to the barriers near the timekeeper’s area instead. Omega boots back, then throws Cody over into the timekeeper’s area. Cody is on the table, but Omega uses the railings to springboard stomp him through it! Fans lose their minds at that one!

Omega regroups with the Bucks, to bring out another table! The Bucks don’t seem to want this either, but the fans sure do! Cody digs himself out of the wreckage, but Omega has the table set up. Omega puts Cody on it with forearms and chops, then climbs up into the ring. Omega takes aim, springboards, but Cody gets away. Luckily Omega saw it in time and he stops himself. But when he comes over to fetch Cody, Cody shoves the table into the ribs! Those ribs were banged up at Dominion, so Omega is a bit slow to returning to the ring. Cody kicks him on reentry, then clotheslines to complete shot! Cover, TWO!

Cody is frustrated, and he tries again, TWO. Omega gets to ropes but Cody is on him. Cody stretches Omega back against the ropes, then brings Omega over for clubbing forearms. He drives an elbow into Omega’s head, and then big body shots into those ribs. Fans duel while Cody throws Omega with an X-Plex. Cover, TWO, but Cody keeps Omega grounded. Cody shows off with push-ups, which fans boo and jeer. Omega chops Cody, but Cody puts Omega’s leg on the rope to kick the thigh. Cody drags Omega up while shouting at the Bucks. Cody snapmares then cravats Omega on the mat.

Omega endures while fans rally up. Omega pries his way out of the hold, then kicks Cody in the head. He clubs Cody int he back, then throws forearms. Cody knees low and whips, but Omega reverses into fireman’s carry. “You Can’t Escape”, but Cody does. Even so, Omega gets Cody with headscissors! Cody rolls out and tips over the table for good measure. Omega builds speed, to FLY! He wipes Cody out with the tope conjilo. Omega gets back up and puts Cody in the ring. Fans fire up as Omega climbs. Cody stands, and gets the missile dropkick to the back! Omega drags Cody up, cross-leg fisherman neckbreaker!

But Omega isn’t done there, as he loads up and BANG! Omega runs, but Cody dodges the Vi-Trigger. Waistlock but standing switch, V-Trigger at point blank. Omega tries the wristlock but Cody standing switches. Cody German Suplexes but Omega lands on his feet, another point-blank V-Trigger! Omega brings Cody up, Snap Dragon Suplex! Cody is dazed, but Omega is far from done with him. Cody elbows out of the full nelson, but they standing switch around, Cody copies the Snap Dragon! Both men crawl towards each other, and start throwing forearms. Cody kicks low, then throws forearms. Omega hits back, but Cody still comes back. Omega fires off three, then a boot. He runs, sunset flip, but Cody rolls through to Figure Four!

Omega endures the legendary hold, and fans rally up. Omega works to roll it over, but Cody holds it in place. Cody throws a haymaker, but so does Omega. They go back and forth, brawling while the leg hold is on. Cody wrenches the Figure Four but Omega starts slapping him. Cody slaps back, but Omega slaps harder. Omega then turns it over! Now Cody endures the pain! Cody gets the ropebreak, and the two separate. Fans rally up again while Cody bails out of the ring. Brandi checks on him, but Omega has since pulled out a ladder! The Bucks are definitely not for this. But Cody has himself a chair! This isn’t a TLC match, but it’s becoming one.

Omega puts the ladder in the ring while Cody has his chair. Red Shoes stops Cody from using the chair, so Cody just scoop slams Omega on that ladder! Cody positions the ladder to his liking, sticking it out from the apron. He goes over to Omega, but Omega resists with body shots. Omega suplexes but Cody fights out. Cody lifts, gordbuster ON the ladder! Matt & Nick check on Omega, but he’s somehow okay to continue. Cody puts the ladder all the way in the ring, then embraces the heat. Red Shoes reprimands him as he brings Omega up and puts him into the timekeeper’s railing. The railing also hits the ring announcer, so it’s not just Omega in pain.

Cody grabs the table and brings it back. The Bucks keep trying to talk sense into these tow, but neither man is listening. Cody stands the ladder up. Omega sees it as he rests against the table. Cody bumps Omega off the table, then sets him on the wood. He shoves the Bucks out of the way, but they take offense to that. Red Shoes keeps Matt from disqualifying this match, though you have to question the TLC element. Cody climbs, but Omega follows! The Bucks shout for them to climb down, but they instead brawl atop the steel. Fans chant “Please Don’t Die!” as both men teeter. Cody slaps, Omega SLAPS. Omega tells the Bucks to get back, because he grabs Cody for a… SUPER SUPERPLEX! But from CODY!

They crash land in the ring rather than through table, but it’s still just as crazy. Cody and Omega crawl for each other, “This is Awesome!” Cody covers, TWO!! But barely, as Omega only gets the one shoulder. Fans rally up for them again, but it’s Cody who rolls out. He asks Brandi for help walking over. She obliges, but he’s not retreating. Cody snatches the belt, and holds it up like it’s already his. The Bucks still try to reason with him, but it’s futile.

Cody brings the belt in, and aims at Omega. Red Shoes stops Cody, and Omega pounces with the Reverse-Rana! Omega stands up, reloads, but then Cody resists the electric chair. Cody shoves Omega into Red Shoes, but Omega shoves Red Shoes out of the way for safety. Beautiful Disaster kick! But no ref means no count, so no point in covering. However, it also means no rules, so Cody picks up the belt. Cody aims at Omega, but the Bucks plead with him not to. Fans boo and jeer, so Cody skips the bet. He wants Cross Rhodes but Omega slips out. Omega swings, full nelson into CROSS RHODES! Red Shoes returns, Cody covers, TWO!!

Everyone is down, and that includes Red Shoes. The Bucks take this time to get that ladder out of the ring, they don’t want this to go overboard any further. Cody stands up and grabs Omega. Omega slips out and whips Cody into a V-Trigger! He loads, BANG, V-Trigger! Omega keeps going, electric chair, but Cody reverses into Di– No, heel kick from Omega to Cody! Then, corner to corner V-Trigger! Omega keeps going, powerbomb lift, Doctor Bomb! TWO, so V-Trigger! Omega shows no mercy as he gives another V-Trigger! And with a running start, Cody blocks that Trigger, but only for a moment. Omega double underhooks but Cody resists. Omega backslides but Cody rolls through, V-Trigger again! Cover, TWO!

Both men are down from exhaustion, but fans are loving this. The Terminator drums begin, and Omega stands first. He brings Cody up, but Cody still resists the electric chair. Omega clubs away on the back, then electric chair lifts. He spins Cody around, but Cody resists. Even so, POWERBOMB THROUGH THE TABLE!! The table didn’t break, but maybe Cody did. The Bucks and Red Shoes check on Cody while Omega catches his breath in the ring. Brandi also checks on Cody, but Omega continues to show no mercy. The 20 count begins, and Omega brings Cody up and over at 8. Fans cheer, because they appreciate Omega wants to win this in the ring.

Omega reloads, BANG, but Brandi becomes Cody’s shield again. It’s her husband, after all, and she doesn’t want him to take any more damage. But even Cody says she needs to exit the ring, this is still a match. Omega BANG, then runs, but into a BIG lariat from Cody! Cody is too far away and too sore for a cover, though, and Omega gets up first. Cody follows, but Omega hits first. They trade forearms back and forth, then shift to chops. Omega brings it back to forearms, but Cody shoves. Cody runs into a V-Trigger, then Omega gives another. Omega double underhooks, butterfly piledriver! Cover, TWO!? Cody shows heart, but Omega shows his mean-streak, with another V-Trigger. Omega lifts Cody in the electric chair, One-Winged Angel! Cover, Omega wins!

Winner: Kenny Omega, by pinfall; still IWGP Heavyweight Champion

The Best Match Machine succeeds in his first ever defense of the top title. He fought so hard to get it, and he fought hard to keep it. Cody himself fought hard in trying to take it, but was just not strong enough. Omega takes Cody’s hand and helps him up to his feet, and the fans applaud the sportsmanship. The two look each other in the eyes, but not a word is said. Brandi helps Cody exit while Omega raises the belt in victory. Does this match mark the end of the Civil War?

Omega speaks.

“This is my first title defense as IWGP Heavyweight Champion. I’m proud that I could do it in a legendary building such as the Cow Palace.” But most importantly, he’s proud he could do it in front of these fans. Omega didn’t understand before how a line forms to knock the champion down. But they’re all human, they’re all deserving of second chances. Even Cody deserves one, and this effort tonight was “nothing short of valiant.”

Whether it be a pro-wrestler, an idol, or someone working at the popcorn stand, we all need to be given the very best life possible. Omega promises to give us the very best matches against anyone and everyone on the roster. There was speculation that this show wouldn’t go well, but from what he can tell, this place is full and the fans were lively as Hell. So thank you for everything, but he must now bid you adieu. “Good-bye, mwah, and good-night BANG.” This new chapter for Omega’s NJPW is just beginning. The rest of Bullet Club meets The Elite on the ramp to celebrate and throw up Too Sweets! But then Tama Tonga attacks?!

It’s a coup! The chief of the Tongan sub-faction and his brother and father beat down Omega in the ring!! Gun-Stun Bomb!! The Civil War is far from over, as Haku & GoD beat down the Bucks. But here comes Hangman! Hangman fights off the Tongans, but only for so long. Loa runs him over, then scoops him for a slam. So here comes Scurll! He has his umbrella and he tees off, until Tonga gets him with Gun-Stun. The Bucks are back up, but Haku knocks them back down. Tonga says “You did this!” to Omega, as if it’s his fault.

The other members, Yujiro & Chase Owens, come out to try and sort this out. But it seems not even they are safe! Loa saido suplexes Yujiro, then Chase gets hit with the spinning neckbreaker! The Tongans don’t stop here, as they bring in the chairs from the main event to SMACK anyone that moves. Haku then gives Omega the throat thrust for good measure.

What was meant to be a moment of celebration for all is ruined by this revolting revolution. Fans boo and jeer, but perhaps this is Tama Tonga the OG member bringing The Club back to its roots. Wait, Cody returns! Is he even able to fight in his condition? He hobbles his way to the ring either way, but he’s on Tama Tonga’s side?! NOPE! He attacks the Tongans! Only to get a Stun Gun! Then Omega is fed to Haku, father and sons hit a piledriver on the chair. The Tongan #FiringSquad has just downed the rest of the club without mercy. “This is family! There ain’t no leader!” The silver lining: Cody and Omega are back on the same side. Is this the beginning of a new and even more brutal Civil War?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Simply incredible. NJPW goes for over 4 hours, but all of it was spectacular. As a bonus, their match card went in the order it was advertised where a WWE card feels like it’s on shuffle. The opening 10 Man was a nice opener, and I did not get a hint of foreshadowing towards the end, which makes it even better. Isshi-Yano surprised me, I thought Suzuki-Sabre were going to win again. But I suppose this extends their story, because Ishii VS Suzuki is something I’d watch all the time. Then Hangman & Scurll win, so another point for Bullet Club. It almost resembles Dominion, where that was basically dominated by The Club. I was hoping Cobb would beat Goto, but perhaps it’s too soon for him to win a title in NJPW when he’s just debuted and is unaffiliated.

The Young Bucks score again for Bullet Club, and I loved the parallels and upgrades to the Dominion match. Okada looks odd in gear that isn’t what he was wearing as champion. Good to see him and Ospreay basically bounce back from their losses, but it also makes you wonder where Naito is going from his. At least LIJ still has Hiromu, he and Dragon Lee surprised everyone with all that was going on. Hiromu is definitely best junior right now. That US title match was great, White and Juice brought each other up to new levels. I really thought Josh was gonna beat the crap out of White, but obviously between the kayfabe of commentator and wrestler not being able to get violent, and the result of Juice FINALLY being champion, what we got was the superior choice.

Cody VS Omega was also insane, and the story of the Bucks and even Brandi trying to keep things from going too far was a great touch. In the end, Omega wins because it’d be a shame to end his reign so soon. And of course, that swerve from the Tongans was not expected at all. At least, not here tonight. Tama Tonga hinted at wanting to go against Omega in the past, but to think he’d do it in such riotous fashion with his brother and his father by his side. As I said, great to see Cody is back on the same side with Omega, but I have a feeling that (aside from Bad Luck Fale and possibly Taiji Ishimori) Tama Tonga will bring in more people to his side in order to match who Omega has on his side (The Bucks, Hangman, Scurll, Cody, Chase & Yujiro).

My Score: 9.7/10

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WWE Survivor Series 2018

WWE brand warfare returns! Will Daniel Bryan be able to conquer The Beast, Brock Lesnar? Will Charlotte Flair be ready for Rowdy Ronda Rousey?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff Show – 10v10 Tag Team Division Elimination Match: SmackDown wins, The Usos surviving.
  • Women’s 5v5 Elimination Tag Match: Team Raw VS Team SmackDown; Raw wins, Nia Jax surviving.
  • WWE Intercontinental Champion VS WWE United States Champion: Seth Rollins VS Shinsuke Nakamura; Rollins wins.
  • Raw Tag Team Champions VS SmackDown Tag Team Champions: The Authors of Pain w/ Drake Maverick VS The Bar w/ The Big Show; The Authors of Pain win.
  • WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Buddy Murphy VS Mustafa Ali; Murphy wins and retains the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
  • Men’s 5v5 Elimination Tag Match: Team Raw VS Team SmackDown; wins, ??? surviving.
  • Ronda Rousey VS Charlotte Flair; wins.
  • WWE Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar VS WWE Champion, Daniel Bryan; wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s time for the WWE Survivor Series Kickoff Show!

Jonathan Coachman, David Otunga, and two WWE Hall of Famers, Jerry “The King” Lawler and Beth “The Glamazon” Phoenix start us off!

 

Alexa Bliss rallies her team.

SmackDown’s attack clearly showed that they’re afraid, and ready to play dirty. Raw will win, but that’s not enough. The Goddess wants “total humiliation.” Did no one see what Nia Jax did to Becky Lunch’s face? And Ruby Riott says they have luck on their side. Speaking of luck, has Natty fixed her daddy’s broken sunglasses? Natty attacks!! Team Raw scrambles to separate Natty and Ruby, and Alexa Bliss shouts over all of them. This is NOT how they’re doing this! Natty and Ruby, if you can’t get along, you’re off the team! They freak out again, but that’s the captain’s choice. With spots open at the last minute, will there be anyone to fill them? Or is Raw going into a handicap scenario against SmackDown?

 

The WWE General Managers join the panel!

The Glampire in Chief and the “Acting” Lone Wolf join King and Coach to talk Survivor Series. Paige is feeling the win is coming because SmackDown is a family. But then Corbin’s guys, Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush, appear! Do you know what’s missing from this panel? The “Almighty” Lashley. His pecs are sculpted by Michaelangelo. Lashley is walking art. Los Angeles is witnessing art. Lashley double guns, and Lio says everyone better get ready. Another statue will be built in honor of the Rocky Mountain Machine. His favorite pose, the double cheeks! Lashley the living legend destroys SmackDown tonight. Coach redirects the discussion to the matches, so Lio and Lashley take their leave. Their behavior only makes Paige feel even more confident her men win.

With all this emotion as Raw and SmackDown go head-to-head, what else makes Paige confident her teams win? She’s confident because they’re all families, because they’re all united, and because they’re all coached by Paige, and not an interim GM. Baron Corbin doesn’t care about that, his guys are getting along for tonight. Corbin knows there’s dysfunction, but he is sure they’ll all work together as one. Then there’s Seth Rollins against Shinsuke Nakamura, the Architect is one of the best. Brock Lesnar takes on Daniel Bryan, and Bryan probably doesn’t last two minutes. And while SmackDown’s Women’s team invaded, Raw’s team has lost members because of dysfunction.

Well egos clash, but when the bell rings, Raw comes together to win, and get back at Shane McMahon for stealing the World Cup. The women will come together to get back at SmackDown for the raid. And Corbin is going to earn being permanent GM. Paige says that her underdog teams always find a way. Just look at Daniel Bryan. But then, their women’s team also has a blank fifth spot. Well that’ll be a secret until the match, and that’ll be a perfect fit to win.

Moving from that, Becky Lynch can’t compete because of the concussion, how did that affect things? Paige did let Becky choose her replacement, and Charlotte Flair was the best choice. Corbin isn’t so sure Charlotte can be ready for Ronda in just a few days. Charlotte beat Asuka at Wrestlemania. But Asuka is not Ronda. Ronda had a bad arm after what Becky did but Ronda’s fought with worse. Corbin and Paige are each confident as can be, but whose teams will be the best in WWE?

 

Backstage interview with Charlotte Flair.

The war of words was personal between Ronda and Becky, and then between Ronda and Charlotte. The thing about social media, people love you then hate you. But that’s not what this match is about, it’s about Ronda VS Charlotte. Even frenemy Becky knows The Queen gets it done when it matters. Ronda wants to bring up Horsewomen? Fine. Anyone can hold up the four fingers, but Charlotte is the only one with the birthright to make it mean something. Charlotte fights for SmackDown and for herself. She will prove no one can lace up her boots, and even the Baddest Woman on the Planet will bow down.

 

Naomi rallies Team SmackDown.

With Charlotte moving up to face Ronda Rousey, they have a spot open. The Glow steps up to be the new captain, and Raw is on the ropes. The important thing to remember is that these four must stay united. And that includes their new fifth: R-Truth? He thanks them for including him, but he’s not the fifth woman. Because he’s not a woman! Why’s science gotta matter?

Moving on, the fifth is Mandy Rose. And she’s so glad everyone “came to your senses.” Now they might be upset after she was too truthful, but tonight will be the biggest night of their careers. And she’s not going to throw it away just to fight with them. Sonya Deville is the only one standing up for Mandy but she doesn’t make it easy. Naomi keeps them calm, because SmackDown needs to show they’re the better WWE Women’s Division. Truth even joins in on the hands-in moment. With dysfunction going against dysfunction, which Women’s Division will survive?

 

Kickoff Show – 10v10 Tag Team Division Elimination Match!

Raw is #ReadyWillingAndGLORIOUS as Bobby Roode & Chad Gable lead The Ascension, The Lucha House Party, The B-Team and The Revival against SmackDown! But The Usos are ready to put all of WWE Tag Team wrestling on #LOCKDOWN as they lead The New Day, The Club, The Colons and SAnitY! Who will survive to establish tag team supremacy?

Awww~ LA! The New Day starts by introducing Survivor Series! “The one night a year where we have SmackDown going up against Monday Night Raw.” Fans are on SmackDown’s side as they boo Raw. And Xavier Woods enjoys bringing it up. To the head-to-head competition, this is about brand supremacy. And what better way to kick things off, than with who? Who who who? SmackDown’s Tag Team Division, BABY~! The New Day introduce the other teams, starting with The Club, Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows! Second, the “sliest cousins” in WWE, Primo & Epico Colon! Third, the craziest and chaotic people on earth, SAnitY! And last but certainly not least, the “fearless leaders”, perhaps the greatest team on the planet, The Usos! Jimmy & Jey have mics of their own and welcome Raw to the SmackDown Penitentiary!

Raw’s teams come out, starting with the #TopGuys, The Revival, Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder! Then the Cruiserweight trio, Lucha House Party! Third, The Ascension, Konnor & Viktor! Fourth, The B-Team, Bo Dallas & Curt Axel! And last but absolutely GLORIOUS, Bobby Roode & Chad Gable! Gable says the captains are here, so Team Raw is here. LA still likes SmackDown better. Gable says Raw starts Survivor Series with a win. Roode agrees, and it will be… GLORIOUS! All ten teams are here, and we can finally begin!

Anything can eliminate a duo, and it only takes pinning one man to eliminate them both. Of course that means extra members for the trios must stand down, so Kofi Kingston and Alexander Wolfe for SmackDown, and Gran Metalik for Raw, hover at ringside.

To begin, it’s Kalisto and Epico. They tie up, Kalisto gets a waistlock but Epico reverses to an arm wrench. Epico snapmares but Kalisto handsprings through. Kalisto whips but Epico reverses. Kalisto handstands and handsprings but Epico kicks him down. Epico suplexes Kalisto up and holds him there! Then drops him after 5! Cover, ONE, but Epico stays on Kalisto with a back suplex. Kalisto slips out, but jams a leg. Kalisto hobbles but he’s okay. Woods shouts to sweep the leg, but Epico walks into an elbow. Tag to Lince Dorado, and he dropkicks Eipco down. Tag to Kalisto again, and Kalisto manages to run, for the elevated splash! Lince planking! Kalisto covers, TWO! Epico survives and gets Kalisto with a back suplex! Epico drags Kalisto over, puts him on the ropes, and tags in Primo.

Primo runs in for the big back attack. He adds a slingshot senton and a dropkick before bringing Kalisto back up. Primo kicks and sweeps the leg! But Kalisto shoves Primo into Epico! Primo stops Kalisto but Dawson tags in. Kalisto skins the cat to springboard in, but Primo dodges. Kalisto makes his knee feel worse, and Primo adds a leg DDT! But then The Revival pounces on Primo with a Shatter Machine! Cover, The Revival ELIMINATES The Colons!

But then Anderson comes in and goes after Dash Wilder. Anderson whips but Dash reverses. Dash runs in but Anderson dodges and hits the jump kick! Dawson runs into a spinebuster! Dash gets a spinebuster! Roode helps LHP check on Kalisto while Axel saves Dash from the pin. Dash tags Axel and Axel brings Anderson to a corner for buckle bumps and stomps. Metalik subs in for Kalisto while Axel whips Anderson corner to corner. Axel gives Anderson a back elbow, then snapmares for a neck snap! Cover, TWO! Axel drags Anderson over and stomps with the “B-Team! B-Team! GO GO GO!” chant. Tag to Bo Dallas and he hits a corner clothesline, then feeds Anderson to Axel’s DDT! Cover, TWO! Bo keeps on Anderson with a whip but Anderson reverses. Bo back elbows Anderson but Gallows gets a sucker kick! Roll up, The Club ELIMINATES The B-Team!

Gable hops in for Team Raw, so Anderson tags out to Big E! Fans fire up for this show down and rally up with “New! Day Rocks!” But then Big Damo tags in!? Killian Dain rushes Gable, fights out of the waistlock, but Gable slips out of the lift. Gable fires off but gets the Divide crossbody! Cover, TWO! Damo tags in Eric Young, and SAnitY works together for the Samoan Drop neckbreaker! Cover, Roode saves his partner. Damo grabs Roode and throws him out, but Roode’s on the apron. Roode baits Damo out, then Gable elbows Young. Gable tags Roode then climbs up. Roode brings Young around with a neckbreaker, Gable adds his moonsault! Cover, Roode & Gable ELIMINATE SAnitY!

But then Big E scoops Roode! Konnor tags in and attacks Big E. Konnor runs Big E over, then stares him down. Big E gets Konnor in the abdominal stretch! And puts some stank on it with the spanks! Konnor pops out and throws Big E down hard. Woods baits Konnor in for the swing kick, but Konnor catches Woods on the springboard. Fall Away Slam! Woods is in the Raw territory, and Viktor tags in. The Ascension mug Woods with double punches, clubs and kicks. Cover, ONE! Viktor keeps on Woods with a chinlock while Kofi coaches Woods up with blue pancakes. Fans rally and Woods gets up. Woods fights back but Viktor clubs him down. Viktor whips but Woods dodges. Woods slides, roaring elbow! Tag to Big E and the New Day work together.

Somehow Woods gets Big E up for the electric chair splash! Cover, The New Day ELIMINATES The Ascension! Metalik hops in, Big E whips but avoids the handspring. Big E likes that, and tags out to Gallows. Gallows kicks low then whips, but Metalik kicks back. Tag to Lince, and he climbs up for a crossbody! But Gallows catches him, gives him to Anderson, but Lince resists! Lince huricanranas Andersno, and counters Gallows with a stunner! Gallows bails out, Lince builds speed, but into Anderson. Anderson stops the huricanrana, but only for a moment! Anderson hits ropes and tumbles out. Lucha House Party DOUBLE Asai! Lince puts Anderson in, tags Metalik in, and Metalik climbs for his tight rope springboard swanton! Cover, The Lucha House Party ELIMINATES The Club!

Now we’re down to SmackDown’s Usos and New Day against Raw’s Revival, Lucha House Party and Roode-Gable. Jimmy jumps in to face Metalik, and the “Lucha! Lucha!” chants start. They tie up and Jimmy puts Metalik in the corner for a BIG uppercut. Metalik hits back with a dropkick! tag to Lince, who CHOPS away on Uso! Lince whips but Jimmy reverses, only for Lince to roll him up. TWO, Lince runs to springboard, quebrada! Cover, TWO!! Jimmy gets Lince but gets in the tilt-o-whirl headscissors. Jey tags in, Lince runs into the pop-up Samoan Drop! Cover, The Usos ELIMINATE Lucha House Party! Now it’s the captains and one other team for each side.

Woods tags in to take on Dawson. They tie up and go around, Woods gets the wristlock. Dawson reaches but Woods keeps him away from Dash. Dash falls in but Dawson uses that to get a tug on hair and the uppercut. Tag to Gable and Woods is fed to the boot. Gable stomps Woods, then he tweaks the knee. Gable keeps on Woods, then tags to Dawson. Dawson drops legs and elbows, then a headbutt. Fans rally for SmackDown as Dawson looms over Woods. Dawson hits the Usos just because, then whips Woods. Woods boots him away, then rolls up, TWO! Woods heads for Big E but Dawson reels him in. So Woods hits Roode & Gable, then hits Dash. Flying missile dropkick hits Dawson! Fans rally and Woods heads for his corner. Dawson tags in Dash, tag to Big E!

Big E throws Dash overhead! Then again! And then to the side! Fans fire up as Big E swivels those hips. Big E runs, but has to hit Dawson first. Dash rolls Big E, TWO! Big E throws Dash, Gable tags in. Gable catches Big E in an Exploder! Tag to Roode, and they coordinate again. Chaos Theory Neckbreaker!! Cover, TWO!! New Day survives and Team Raw can’t believe it. Roode refocuses, and winds it up. GLORIOUS, kick, but no DDT as Big E elbows out. Woods tags in, and whips Roode into the urenage backstabber! Cover, but Gable LEAPS to break it! Jimmy comes in but is thrown out. Dawson DIVES?! He takes out Jimmy and even Kofi! Woods wrecks Dawson, but Dash hits a tornado DDT!? The Revival pulls out all the stops for Raw, but then Big E SPEARS through Dash!!

Roode & Gable stand up in the ring and see everyone gather. Gable builds speed, Roode gives him a BOOST! Gable bowls everyone over! Now Roode wants some, and he builds speed, to run into a SUPERKICK! Jey puts Roode out, and he decides to be… GLORIOUS! And FLIES! Jey takes out the others, but then Gable gets Jimmy up top. Gable comes around behind Jimmy, SUPER GERMAN onto the others! Everyone is down and fans are loving it! Gable tags in from Roode, and they bring Woods up. They want another combo, but Woods pushes Roode and Gable is tripped up. Roode elbows Woods, then back suplexes. Woods slips out to tag Big E. Woods boots Roode, then Honor Rolls Roode! Big E sees Gable, catches him, and then Woods climbs! MIDNIGHT HOUR! Cover, and Woods keeps Roode down, New Day ELIMINATES Gable & Roode!

Dash goes after Woods, but runs into Big E’s arms. Dawson sunset flips and it sends Dash flying, but still a cover! TWO, and Dawson goes for a tornado. The DDT hits but Woods tagged in. Woods runs in, but his DDT is denied. Woods kicks Dawson, then suplexes, but Dash tags in. Dawson is sent out and Dash is put in a corner. Dash puts Woods on the apron but Woods hits back. Woods climbs up and takes aim, tight rope springboard SHATTER MACHINE!! The Revival ELIMINATES The New Day! We’re all tied up with The Revival and the Usos! Dash & Dawson stare down with Jimmy & Jey. Fans rally up, and the brawl is on!

The Usos get the edge and Jey sends Dawson out. Jimmy keeps on Dash but Dawson sends Jey into steps. Jimmy puts Dash up top but Dash slips out. Dawson tags in, bulldog bomb! Cover, TWO!! The Usos survive, and so does SmackDown! Dash gets back up and Dawson brings Jimmy up. Jey hits Dash but Dawson hits Jey! Jimmy kicks, Dawson falls for the dragon whip! Jimmy gets to a corner and climbs. Dawson stops him with a right hand and a chop. Dash returns and Dawson climbs. Tag, and Dawson SUPERPLEX! Dash frog splash!! Cover, but Jey breaks it! All four men are down as the battle continues. Fans rally up for the Usos but Dash tags Dawson.

The Revival drag Jimmy up and double whip, but Jey SUPERKICKS Dash! Sunset flip but Dawson sits on it, TWO! SUPERKICK for Dawson! Tag to Jey, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for Dash! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for Dawson! Jey drags Dawson around, tags to Jimmy, and Jimmy climbs. Uso Splash! Cover, SmackDown wins!

Winners: Team SmackDown, the Usos as sole survivors

Nothing less from the captains of the Blue Brand! Jimmy & Jey stand tall as the last team standing, establishing they are the best team in the WWE today! This victory is big for SmackDown, will there be further victories for their roster?

 

Raw’s Women’s Team has made its substitutions!

With Ruby and Natty out, the #LegitHuggable Sasha & Bayley join the team! Now that things are 5v5 as they’re meant to be, which team will prove their Women’s Division is superior?

 

Opposing forces collide.

Raw and SmackDown. Beast and Goat. Baddest Woman and The Queen. From first-ever matches to champions against champions to the undying tradition of 5v5, this one night defines competition. Who will survive?

 

Women’s 5v5 Elimination Tag Match: Team Raw VS Team SmackDown!

There were many last minute adjustments for this match to finally take shape, but the brands have settled on their quintets! The Goddess is ringside as her friend in Mickie James, frenemies in Nia Jax and Tamina, and just plain enemies in the best friends, Sasha Banks & Bayley represent Team Red. Against them with Captain Glow, Naomi, stands Asuka, Sonya Deville, Mandy Rose and Carmella (who brought R-Truth out, too). Neither team is 100% united, but they’ll be 100% focused on defeating the other!

All ten women are present, and the teams sort out. SmackDown does it better, as they agree Captain Naomi starts. Raw figures it out and decides it will be the Daughter of Superfly. Naomi and Tamina circle, then tie up. Naomi gets a headlock, then springboard sunset flip, TWO! She dropkicks Tamina, then runs in but into an elbow. Tamina hits Carmella just because, but then a brawl breaks out! The ref tries to restore order but it’s no use. Asuka and Sonya throw Sasha out but she drags them out with her. Naomi hits Nia with a springboard kick! SUPERKICK from Tamina! Cover, Tamina ELIMINATES Naomi!! Raw takes the lead already! But then Carmella rolls Tamina, Carmella ELIMINATES Tamina! Forget that, the teams are tied again. And now, DANCE BREAK~!

Carmella hits the Fabulous Floss and pump kick, but then she turns around to see Nia. The #FaceBreaker swings, Carmella tries to roll her up, but no go. Nia lifts Carmella easily, then tosses her down. Tag to Mandy! Carmella wants the Golden Girl to prove what she can do, and Mandy runs at Nia. Nia runs Mandy over! Cover, TWO! Nia drags Mandy up but Mandy kicks her legs, gives her a knee, then another knee! Tag to Mickie, who throws forearms on Mandy. Mandy shoves Mickie but walks into the neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Mickie keeps on Mandy with a whip, but Mandy reverses to an abdominal stretch! Mickie endures as Mandy grinds in an elbow. She rolls Mandy to a Muda Lock! Now Mandy endures, but she gets the ropebreak. Mickie frees Mandy, Mandy knees low.

Mandy throws forearms, then tags in Asuka. Mickie knows how dangerous Asuka is, and the two circle. They tie up with fans on Asuka’s side, and they go around the ring. Mickie gets a headlock but Asuka fights out. Asuka whips and they bump shoulders. They don’t fall, so Mickie goes again. They collide again but neither woman falls. Mickie goes again, Asuka follows to hip attack! Asuka keeps on Mickie with an Octopus Stretch! Mickie endures, so Asuka sunset flips. Mickie sits on it, TWO! Asuka hits her with a back hand! Tag to Sonya, and now the Gladiator throws hands on Mickie. Sonya tackles Mickie into a corner but the ref backs her off. Mickie boots Sonya, then elbows. Mickie hops up for the Mick-canrana! Back kick, then front kick, Mickie runs and ducks under. Mickie snapmares Sonya, but Bayley tags in.

Bayley drops the elbows on Sonya, then covers. TWO, but Bayley keeps her eyes on SmackDown. Bayley brings Sonya over, tags to Sasha, and the friends double whip Sonya. Sasha puts Sonya sideways, Stock Drop! Mickie tags in, then climbs up. Mickie leaps, seated senton! Cover, TWO! Alexa grows frustrated but Mickie swings a kick. Sonya dodges and SPEARS! Then sliding knee! Mandy tags in to take the cover, Mandy ELIMINATES Mickie! The friends argue, but Bayley gets Mandy! ONE, and Mandy knees low. Mandy tags Carmella in, and Carmella kicks Bayley. Carmella brings Bayley to a corner for a Fabulous mudhole, then out for a whip. Bayley reverses but is put on the apron. She hits Carmella back, then hotshots! Bayley climbs, leaps, but Carmella dodges.

Carmella dodges again, mule kick to moonwalking DDT! She feeds Bayley a boot, then mocks Sasha. Carmella runs in, but into a Bayley2Belly! Cover, Bayley ELIMINATES Carmella! But Mandy is right on Bayley with furious right hands. Mandy grins as she puts Bayley in a corner for golden mudhole stomps. The ref counts and Mandy backs off. Mandy chokes Bayley on the ropes, then taunts Bayley. Bayley hits back, but Mandy throws her down by her hair. Mandy mocks the fans as she brings Bayley up. She whips Bayley to a corner, but gets a back elbow. Bayley ducks under, tag to Sasha! The Boss rallies on Mandy, then dropkicks Mandy down. Mandy ends up in a corner, Sasha runs in. Sasha misses the knees but dodges Mandy’s, Bank Statement backstabber and crossface! Mandy taps, Sasha ELIMINATES her!

But Sonya is right on Sasha with fists! Sonya gives Sasha stiff knees, then toys with her. Tag to Asuka, and the swift strikers mug Sasha in the corner. Asuka puts Sasha in another corner, then fires up, hip attack! She stomps Sasha, then covers, TWO! Asuka keeps on Sasha as Alexa grows worried. Tag to Sonya and Sasha gets more kicks. Sonya wraps on body scissors and grinds her forearm on Sasha’s face as she taunts. Fans rally up for Sasha as Sonya rolls her around. Sasha gets up and backs Sonya up into buckles. She snapmares Sonya off, but runs into a catch. She rolls under, tag to Bayley! Bayley rallies, but Sonya puts her in a corner. Sonya runs in but gets snake eyes, then a knee! Bayley keeps on Sonya with shoulders in a corner, then the wacky waving knee strike! Cover, TWO!

Asuka coaches Sonya up but Bayley as her on the ropes. Sonya puts Bayley on the apron but Bayley slides in, only to get a right hand! Sonya shoves Bayley and gives her a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, but Nia breaks it! And fans immediately rain boos down on her. Nia runs in at Sonya but Sonya dodges, sending Nia into the post! And then Asuka adds a boot! Nia goes down and the Empress keeps on her with stomps. But then Sasha gives Asuka a Meteora! Bayley gets Sonya with a back suplex, cover, TWO! Sonya survives as teams regroup. Both Sonya and Bayley are down, and fans rally up. Alexa has no choice but to cheer Bayley as she stands. Sonya hits Bayley so Bayley tackles Sonya! They both fall out of the ring and hit the floor hard!

A ring count begins and Sonya kicks Bayley into barriers. Sonya scrambles back in but Bayley brings her back out. Bayley2Belly on the floor! The count is ten, DOUBLE ELIMINATION! Now it’s just Asuka against both Sasha Banks and Nia Jax. Asuka and Sasha both enter the ring, and fans fire up! Sasha shoves, but Asuka fires a backhand. Sasha ducks it and dropkicks Asuka, but then Asuka comes back with her own dropkick! Asuka fires up for her team, which ironically is different from last year. Sasha wants the backstabber but Asuka fights out. Asuka gets Sasha with the pop-up knee! Sasha is rocked, Asuka gets her in a German Suplex! Sasha rolls to the apron, but hits Asuka back! Nia returns, but Asuka hits her off with the hip attack!

Sasha knees Asuka back, then comes back. Asuka puts her on the apron and roundhouse kicks her down! Then Asuka kicks from the apron, but gets tripped! Sasha lines up a shot from the apron, and leaps. Asuka dodges, hip attack again! Fans are loving this as Asuka puts Sasha in the ring. Asuka climbs up, Sasha stands, missile dropkick! Cover, TWO!! Sasha survives but Asuka shakes her head. Asuka drags Sasha up and trash talks in Japanese. Fans duel as Asuka fires off forearms. Asuka runs but Sasha follows, tilt-o-whirl, but Asuka blocks. Asuka wants her lock, but Sasha drops down, only for Asuka to yank her back up! They go around again, and Sasha rolls it back to a cover, TWO!

Sasha blocks a kick to give a knee, then meteora! She tosses Asuka to the center and climbs up top. But Nia shoves her down!? Asuka gets Sasha in the Asuka Lock!! Sasha taps, Asuka ELIMINATES her! But that leaves Nia alone with Asuka, for a leg drop! Then another! And another! But Nia isn’t done at three leg drops, and the fans boo and jeer as hard as they can. Nia hauls Asuka up, for a Samoan Drop! Cover, Raw wins!

Winners: Team Raw, Nia Jax as sole survivor

And Alexa is just fine with it! The Goddess and the Irresistible Force are on the same page as the Red Brand gets their first win. However, it was at the expense of Sasha Banks. Will The Boss settle for being a pawn in this game? Or will she and Bayley get even with Nia in the near future?

 

Baron Corbin and Stephanie McMahon celebrate.

As far as the main show goes, Raw is up 1-0 on Survivor Series. And that’s just the start for the night. It better be, because while Raw Women’s had motivation, the raid was still a bad thing. So if Corbin wants to go from interim to permanent GM, get the sweep. Corbin guarantees Raw stands tall. Can he? In come Paige and Shane! SmackDown says the Women’s Match is one thing, but by the end of the night, they’ll be #FeelingBlue.

Okay, sure, Shane stole the World Cup, but they’re not stealing Survivor Series. They’re like LeBron: overrated, over-hyped, and they can’t get he job down. But they do have AJ Styles and Becky Lynch. Oh wait, no they don’t. Shane likes this attitude, it’s so great, because it’ll make the victories that much sweeter. And then we’ll all win when Stephanie fires Corbin. Corbin says he’s not worried, but should he be?

 

WWE Intercontinental Champion VS WWE United States Champion: Seth Rollins VS Shinsuke Nakamura!

Los Angeles is ready to #BurnItDown with The Architect! However, Rollins has been so busy with the Lunatic Fringe, Dean Ambrose, that he hasn’t had time to prepare for the King of Strong Style. As for Shinsuke, he has become “Ob-Seth-ed” with his opponent since learning he’d be facing the Kingslayer. Can Rollins focus on a different opponent tonight? Or will he get a #Knee2Face from the United States of Nakamerica?

Belts are put away and the bell rings. Fans are already fired up for this first-time-ever match. Nakamura and Rollins circle as fans duel. Nakamura tests the waters with a kick, then he and Rollins tie up. They break fast, but approach again. They tie up, Rollins gets a facelock but Nakamura sprawls. Nakamura gets around behind but Rollins goes for the arm. Rollins gets the arm up, but Nakamura puts him on the ropes. The ref counts and Nakamura backs off at 4, to bring back the ab rest. Fans duel as Nakamura backs away and says, “C’MON~!” Rollins knows of the knee, and stays back. They circle again and tie up. Nakamura gets the arm and wrenches Rollins to the mat. Rollins endures as Nakamura twists the wrist.

Rollins gets up and rolls, then handsprings, then reverses. Nakamura knees low, then snapmares. Rollins avoids the stomp and the kick, then rolls Nakamura. TWO, and Rollins avoids a knee. Fans applaud as Rollins mocks Nakamura’s “C’MON!” Nakamura runs in to an arm-drag then a knee. Rollins snapmares, crucifix, TWO! Rollins has Nakamura but Nakamura gets to the ropes. The ref counts and Rollins lets Nakamura go. Nakamura slides out to catch his breath. Fans continue to duel while Nakamura takes advantage of the ring count. Nakamura returns slowly, so Rollins lounges on the top rope. Nakamura grins as he and Rollins circle again. They tie up, Nakamura knees low. Nakamura gives another knee, then a clubbing hand. Rollins staggers, and Nakamura is on him in a corner. Nakamura whips Rollins corner to corner, but Rollins comes back with a clothesline!

Now Rollins grins as he brings Nakamura up and whips. Nakamura holds ropes, then puts Rollins on the apron. Rollins kicks but is blocked. Nakamura kicks but is blocked. Nakamura throws a shoulder but gets a guillotine leg drop! Rollins skins the cat while Nakamura tumbles down. Rollins builds speed, changes direction with Nakamura, but gets a kick! Nakamura puts Rollins in but then on the apron for a running knee! Fans duel again as Nakamura stomps Rollins. Nakamura puts Rollins back in, covers, TWO! Nakamura keeps his cool while Rollins checks his face. They go to a corner and Nakamura rams his shoulder in. Nakamura gives Rollins Bad Vibrations!

Nakamura backs off, but comes back to bring Rollins up. Rollins fights him off, but Nakamura is on him with body shots. Nakamura snapmares and drops a knee, then covers. TWO, but Nakamura puts on a chinlock. Rollins resists but Nakamura gets both arms. Fans rally up as Rollins endures the chicken wings. Rollins gets up and goes to turn, but Nakamura throws in another knee. Nakamura gives Rollins Bad Vibrations on the ropes! The ref counts and Nakamura backs off at 4. Nakamura comes back to stomp Rollins, but stops at 4. Fans still duel as Nakamura drags Rollins back up. Nakamura has the facelock but Rollins sprawls and resists. Nakamura rams in a knee!

Fans rally again, and Rollins gets up. Rollins facelocks Nakamura, but Nakamura resists the suplex. Nakamura knees Rollins again, and gives more Bad Vibrations. But Rollins stands up, and reels Nakamura in for a buckle shot! Both men are down, but Rollins crawls away. Fans rally again as Nakamura stands. Nakamura walks into CHOPS from Rollins. Rollins counter punches and then throws body shots. Nakamura reverses the whip but Rollins gets a slingblade! Rollins keeps moving, and boots Nakamura from a corner. Rollins hops up and over, but turns around into a boot. Nakamura’s up, but Rollins scoops him off. Nakamura fires off hands, but Rollins still lawn darts Nakamura out! Rollins builds up energy, and then builds up speed, to DIVE! Direct hit, but he keeps going, for another DIVE!

The double shot hits, but fans want a third. Rollins obliges, here’s the hat trick! Fans are thunderous as Rollins gets Nakamura up and in. Rollins aims, then springboards, leaping lariat! Cover, TWO!! The IC Champion almost gets the US Champion, but this is far from over. Nakamura gets to a corner, but Rollins runs in for a forearm smash. Rollins then suplexes, but Nakamura slips out. Nakamura swings a kick, Rollins ducks, but Nakamura gets Rollins with the other! Rollins crawls to ropes, Nakamura is on him with more kicks. Nakamura kicks Rollins to a corner, then whips corner to corner. Rollins reverses but runs into a knee! Nakamura puts him on the top rope, and hits the Top Shelf Knee! Cover, TWO! Rollins survives but Nakamura keeps on him.

Nakamura drags Rollins up, and wants the inverted exploder, but Rollins resists. Rollins gets free, only to get a backstabber! Nakamura drags Rollins up, Rollins snapmares and SUPERKICKS Nakamura! Cover, TWO!! It was so close, but Nakamura somehow survives! Rollins drags Nakamura up again, and wants a bomb. He gets Nakamura up, but Nakamura fights. Nakamura rakes the eyes, then dodges in the corner. He roundhouses Rollins in the back of the head, then stomps away into the apron. The ref backs Nakamura off, and Rollins gets angry. Rollins fires wild hands from both sides, then stomps of his own! Fans like the fire in Rollins as he brings Nakamura out. Clothesline countered into an armbar! Then a triangle! Nakamura has Rollins in deep, and keeps him down on the mat.

Fans rally again and Rollins gets a second wind. Rollins deadlifts and buckle bombs Nakamura! Nakamura is down but Rollins has to catch his breath. Rollins kicks Nakamura over, then begins to stomp. Fans chant “Burn It Down!” as Rollins mule kicks. But he runs into a boot! Rollins rocks Nakamura with a forearm, then reels Nakamura, but Nakamura headbutts. Nakamura scoops, Landslide driver! Cover, TWO!! And Nakamura can’t believe it! Nakamura crawls away from Rollins and goes to the apron. He climbs up and aims at Rollins. Rollins hurries over, and up, SUPERPLEX! To Falcon Arrow! Cover, TWO!! Nakamura survives and fans are loving this! Rollins stands first but Nakamura follows.

Fans continue to duel as Rollins throws a forearm. Nakamura throws one back and now it’s a brawl. Rollins hits back, but so does Nakamura, and repeat. Rollins gets an edge, but Nakamura eggs him on. Nakamura then ducks to give a strike fest! Inverted Exploder! Nakamura aims from the corner and… Rollins dodges the Kinshasa to give Nakamura the Revolution Knee! Cover, TWO!? Somehow Nakamura survives! But Rollins continues on, and climbs up top. Rollins leaps, frog splash FLOPS! KINSHASA!! Cover, TWO!?! How?! Nakamura has no answers but the fans still love it. Nakamura wants another, and he takes aim from the corner. Rollins slowly stirs, then slowly stands. Nakamura runs out, to a SUPERKICK! Mule kick, but Nkamaura dodges the stomp. Nakamura roundhouses but Rollins dodges the knee, to CURB STOMP! Cover, Rollins wins!!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall

That’s 2-0 for Raw on the main show, 2-1 overall! So far, Constable Corbin’s confidence is justified as The Architect still wins against a man he hadn’t prepared for. Now that Survivor Series is through for Rollins, can he focus fully on the Lunatic Fringe?

 

Raw’s Men’s Team talk backstage.

This team is full of dysfunction, but Braun Strowman wants to make things clear. He doesn’t like Drew McIntyre, Dolph Ziggler, Bobby Lashley, and barely knows who Lio Rush is. Finn Balor is alright, but he needs to carry his weight against Team SmackDown. Then Strowman can get what he deserves. Otherwise, they’re all gonna #GetTheseHands. McIntyre says he should be in charge, because he broke The Shield, he ended Kurt Angle, and he’ll brutalize Shane for Ziggler’s sake. The “Mindless meat castle” better stay out of the way. Is that so?

Corbin comes in, saying this is what SmackDown wants. What’s going on? Strowman’s a mindless meat castle. Well he is. And the deal is, Strowman can’t touch Corbin until after Survivor Series. Strowman knows that, so he’ll have to settle for throwing Lio into Corbin! The Monster Among Men storms out, but R-Truth comes in to keep everyone calm. “Guys, guys, guys! We’re better than this!” Get it together. Truth, you’re not on this team OR on Raw! Go! Oh. Oops. Truth leaves, but Raw is still in disarray. Can they pull it together before the traditional 5v5?

 

Raw Tag Team Champions VS SmackDown Tag Team Champions: The Authors of Pain w/ Drake Maverick VS The Bar w/ The Big Show!

SmackDown may have won the Tag Team Division Elimination Match, but now it’s time to see which team truly reigns over all! Maverick has already led Akam & Rezar to titles in just a few months, can he lead them to a victory over the dominant five-time champions?

The teams sort out and it is Sheamus against Rezar. They tie up, and break. They go again, and Rezar puts Sheamus in a corner. Sheamus turns it around and the two break. Rezar rushes Sheamus but Sheamus dodges. Sheamus gets a headlock but Rezar powers him to the AOP corner. Rezar clubs away on the Celtic Gladiator but Sheamus fights out. Sheamus gives European Uppercuts, then Cesaro runs in to hit Akam. Cesaro tags in, and The Bar duoble whip and use the Bar Lariat on Rezar! Akam returns but Cesaro hits Rezar with another EuroUpper. Then he hits another, and another. Cesaro dropkicks the legs out and grabs a leg. Akam barrels in to stop the Swiss Swing, then hits Sheamus. Cesaro gets Akam, and we go swinging!

But Rezar leaps and tackles Cesaro! Rezar corner clotheslines Cesaro, then tags in Akam. AoP combine for a sidewalk slam stomp! Cover, TWO! Akam keeps on Cesaro at the ropes to choke him. Big Show protests and the ref counts. Akam backs off at 4, but he throws hands on Cesaro. Tag to Rezar and the AoP mug the Swiss Cyborg. Cover, TWO, but Rezar is on Cesaro with headbutts. Rezar throws hands, tags in Akam, and the AoP mug Cesaro with knees in the corner. Akam taunts Sheamus, then goes after Cesaro with hands. He snapmares Cesaro down, then wraps on a chinlock. Cesaro scrambles around but can’t get free. Maverick taunts Cesaro while Show coaches him up. Fans build to a rally, and Cesaro feeds off it to get free with elbows. Cesaro throws more EuroUppers, but Akam tackles him down!

Akam hammers away, but backs off at the ref’s count. He drags Cesaro away and tags in Rezar. AoP combine for an atomic drop knee! Cover, but Sheamus breaks it! Rezar and Sheamus end up fighting! Cesaro rolls Rezar but the ref is too busy with Sheamus, Rezar gets away. Rezar clubs Cesaro, then puts him in a corner for stomps. Tag to Akam, and the AoP again mug Cesaro. Akam taunts Sheamus again, but Cesaro gives him another EuroUpper! And then another, and another! Cesaro fires off more EuroUppers, but runs into a big clothesline! Cover, TWO! Akam drags Cesaro away with a chinlock camel clutch. Akam even stares Big Show down as he does. Cesaro moves around and fans rally up.

Cesaro fights out of the hold, and gives more EuroUppers. He runs, dodges, springboard EuroUpper! Sheamus and Rezar call for their partners as they crawl. Hot tags to them both! Sheamus rallies on Rezar with big forearm shots. He whips but Rezar reverses. Rezar misses, and gets a pump knee! Sheamus keeps going for another! Sheamus hits Akam for good measure, then goes after Rezar. Rezar dumps him out but Sheamus hot shots! Sheamus has Rezar, for Ten Beats of the Bodhrain! And Sheamus finally gives fans all 10! Then another hotshot! Sheamus climbs up, for the flying clothesline! Cover, TWO! Maverick sighs in relief, but Sheamus rallies the fans again. Sheamus wants his kick, but Maverick distracts. Cesaro gets Rezar with a EuroUpper, BROGUE!! Cover, but Maverick gives Rezar the ropebreak!

Sheamus glares at Maverick, and Cesaro comes in from the other side. Maverick runs away, but into Big Show! Big Show didn’t even have to do anything. Big Show hauls Maverick up onto the apron, and chokes him with one hand! Maverick pees himself?! Show and The Bar can’t believe he wet himself, and just laugh. But then Rezar attacks them all! He and Akam combine, powerbomb neckbreaker! Cover, The Authors of Pain win!!

Winners: Raw’s Authors of Pain, Rezar pinning

The destructive duo win, thanks to a rather humiliating but effective distraction. With such dominance for both Raw and the AoP, will SmackDown ever get on the board?

 

Team SmackDown talks backstage.

Everyone feels good, and The Miz comes in as captain. He has an inspirational speech to help them win tonight, and even heal the world. As great as that speech is, he cannot give it, only one man can! And that man is Commissioner Shane O’Mac! Well okay. Now SmackDown is down, but they’re always the underdogs. Always! SmackDown has always been knocked down but they don’t stay down!

Rey Mysterio is the ultimate underdog, they need that tonight. Jeff Hardy is the Charismatic Engima, he has what it takes. And of course, Samoa Joe. The Samoan Submission Machine, a dominant force all over the world. R-Truth is- Not on the team, despite being on SmackDown. Well Truth wants to join the roster. He already’s on the roster. Oh, what a relief. Raw is a mess! Miz compliments Shane on his speech, it was riveting. Much like Marine 6. If they win, they’ll all get a signed copy! Truth would love that, if it’s Becky’s signature. Anyway, SmackDown MUST win this! #WeAreSmackDown! Will SmackDown bring it and get that first but all important win?

 

WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Buddy Murphy VS Mustafa Ali!

Survivor Series takes a break from Red VS Blue to bring us some 205 Live purple! The Juggernaut won the title at Super Show-Down, in his hometown of Melbourne, Australia! Murphy ended Cedric Alexander’s 2018 winning streak as well as his reign, but now he faces a familiar foe. The Beacon of Light gets another shot at the title, after coming so close yet still being so far from it at Wrestlemania. Can Ali finally grab the gold? Or will he be stopped by the Unstoppable?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Murphy corners Ali but Ail gets out and round. Ali dodges Murphy but not for long. Murphy puts Ali in a corner and rams in his shoulder. Ali slips out and CHOPS, but Murphy barely flinches. Murphy shoves Ali, then picks him up. Ali sunsets but Murphy lifts him up. Ali breaks free to hit Murphy with a forearm, but Murphy just grins. Murphy walks into an elbow, but reels Ali in. Ali slips out of the suplex but Murphy tosses him to a corner. Ali goes up and over to run, then dodges Murphy to hit a leaping huricanrana! Murphy is on the apron but Ali dropkicks him down. Ali then climbs up and leaps for a big senton! Direct hit and fans fire up for the fearless Heart of 205 Live!

Ali drags Murphy up and in, covers, ONE! Murphy kicks Ali away then rolls out of the ring. Ali walks over but Murphy drags him out. Ali shoves Murphy into barriers hard, then climbs up again. Murphy anchors his feet but Ali kicks him away. Murphy slides under and around to shove Ali! Ali hits barriers! Murphy grins while Ali writhes on the ground. The referee checks on Ali but he’s okay to continue. Murphy throws Ali into the LED, then into the barriers, then into the ring! Murphy returns to cover, TWO! Ali survives but Murphy keeps his cool. Murphy kicks Ali in the back, then swaggers about. Ali hits back but Murphy just laughs it off. Ali chops, Murphy kicks. Murphy whips Ali then tosses him with a back drop! He stomps Ali then kicks him in the back! Cover, TWO, but Murphy keeps his cool.

Murphy rams a knee into Ali’s back then puts on a chinlock. Fans rally up and Ali feeds off their energy. Ali gets up and fights with body shots. Murphy clubs Ali down, then brings him up. Ali makes the suplex a crossbody, ONE! Murphy kicks low again, then whips. Ali kicks him back, then boots him. Ali trips Murphy, and catapults him into buckles! Murphy is rocked, and Ali gets running. Ali gives Murphy a flapjack dropkick! Murphy rolls to a corner while fans fire up with Ali. Ali goes over and brings Murphy up for forearms. He whips but Murphy reverses. Ali slides to a stop, slides out and roundhouses Murphy away. Then he slingshots in, but Murphy knows what’s coming, and tosses Ali out of the ring! Murphy builds speed to FLY! Direct hit on Ali!

Murphy puts Ali in then hurries up top. Murphy leaps, but Ali ducks under. Ali kicks Murphy, then SUPERKICKS him! Then SUPERKICK again, POISON-RANA! Murphy is out, Ali covers, TWO! Murphy survives and Ali is at a loss for words. Fans chant “205! 205!” for these crazy Cruiserweights. Ali drags himself up and goes over to Murphy. Murphy shoves him away, but Ali comes back with haymakers and forearms. But Murphy gives Ali a strike fest, only to miss the knee. Ali shoves Murphy out to the apron, then runs to tilt-o-whirl draping DDT!! Cover, TWO!! Murphy survives again and Ali is shocked. But Ali still has something more, and he drags Murphy to a drop zone. Ali climbs, but Murphy shoves him off! Ali hits apron face first! The ref checks on Ali while Murphy rests in the ring.

Murphy refuses to show mercy as he fetches Ali. But not to put him in the ring. Murphy clears off the announce desk and brings Ali up on top. Ali kicks Murphy back! Ali gets space, runs over, Spanish Fly off the table! Just like one of their instant classic showdowns during their rivalry! More of LA chants “205! 205!” Ali gets up and drags Murphy to the ring. He has Murphy in the drop zone, so he climbs up again. Murphy grabs Ali’s hair and tucks him in! SUPERKICK! To powerbomb! High stack lift, sit-out powerbomb! Cover, TWO!! Ali survives and now Murphy is shocked! Murphy gets up as fans say “This is Awesome!”

Murphy drags Ali up, pumphandle but Ali pops out to roll up, TWO! Ali flounders but back elbows Murphy away. He springboards, into a knee trigger! Murphy drags Ali up and around, Murphy’s Law! Cover, Murphy wins!

Winner: Buddy Murphy, by pinfall; still WWE Cruiserweight Champion

The Beacon of light may have brought Murphy to his limits, but The Cruiserweight Juggernaut is truly unstoppable! Murphy’s young reign continues, who will step up to him next? When and where will Ali get another chance?

 

Backstage interview with Daniel Bryan!

He is WWE Champion again after a shocking victory, but now has to face Brock Lesnar with very little time. Is he ready for The Beast? Bryan just grins as he walks away. We’ll take that as a yes from the Yes Man.

 

Men’s 5v5 Elimination Tag Match: Team Raw VS Team SmackDown!

Captain Corbin leads the way for the Scottish Terminator, Show-Off, Monster Among Men, Rocky Mountain Machine (with Hype Man of the Hour) and the Extraordinary Balor Club leader! They will face the Hollywood A-Lister, the Destroyer, the Enigma, the King of Lucha Libre and yes, SmackDown Commissioner (and technically Best in the World), Shane O’Mac! There is far more dysfunction on Raw’s team, however, can they hold it together so that Corbin keeps his job and Strowman #GetsTheseHands on Brock Lesnar? Or will the ultimate underdogs finally prove to Raw that they’re THE show?

 

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Mitchell’s NXT TakeOver: WarGames II Results & Report! (11/17/18)

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NXT TakeOver WarGames II

NXT takes over Los Angeles with WARGAMES! Can The Undisputed Era #ShockTheSystem with back-to-back victories? Will Tommaso Ciampa feel The Experience?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Matt Riddle VS Kassius Ohno; Riddle wins.
  • NXT Women’s Championship 2 out of 3 Falls: Shayna Baszler VS Kairi Sane; Shayna wins and retains the NXT Women’s Championship.
  • Aleister Black VS Johnny Gargano; Black wins.
  • NXT Championship: Tommaso Ciampa VS Velveteen Dream; Ciampa wins and retains the NXT Championship.
  • WarGames: The Undisputed Era VS Ricochet, Pete Dunne & The War Raiders; Ricochet, Dunne & The War Raiders win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Nina Strauss joins the NXT TakeOver preshow panel!

The rocking guitarist behind one of WarGames’ themes, Mariana Trench, joins Charli, Sam and Pat. It’s been an amazing week as her album Controlled Chaos debuted at number seven. And that’s on top of joining forces with Lzzy Hale at WWE Evolution for an amazing performance. From rock ‘n’ roll to wrestling, the Women’s Evolution is inspiring everyone, but especially young girls.

Evolution was also where Shayna Baszler recaptured the NXT Women’s Championship. But now Kairi Sane comes back for another rematch, in best 2 out of 3 falls. Nina is in the #FightForeverClub, she wants them to keep going. But this match tonight will be the most amazing one yet. What is it that makes this feud so compelling? The story, the tension, the build and the tied record. How does Nina feel about badass Baszler? Yeah she definitely doesn’t want to run into her in a dark alley. But Kairi is tough herself, so it could be either woman’s match. Who will be THE Women’s Champion after no less than two falls?

 

Matt Riddle joins the panel!

The King of Bros feels great to be here, “bro.” He and Pat have a bro-down and fans join in. But the NXT Universe of course loves Riddle, but here comes Kassius Ohno. Ohno mocks the bro-ness, it makes him physically ill. Ohno is sick of the bro, and is sick of Riddle. He sees through Riddle’s act! Everyone loves Riddle, but Ohno sees the mirage. Ohno says he’ll only need one second to expose Riddle. Riddle used to think Ohno was cool. But now Ohno’s just bitter. And maybe instead of being bitter, try being better. These two will face off next week on NXT, who will be better, bro?

 

The War has Returned Again.

For the second year in a row, “battle lines have been drawn.” Two teams, two rings, one cage. Two falls, two women, one champion. And two forces of nature, two sides to a story, one winner. “Opportunity still reigns.” Scores will be settled, let the WarGames begin!

 

Matt Riddle heads to the ring!

The King of Bros is here, but he’s not on the card. Riddle grabs a mic and greets LA with a “Bro…!” He wasn’t going to have a match tonight on TakeOver, a shame. But if you saw the kickoff, a certain someone interrupted him. Now Riddle and Ohno are meant to fight next Wednesday on NXT, but… If they’re chilling in LA, with two rings, maybe Riddle will KO KO in both of them! Riddle has called Ohno out, so here Ohno comes! Ohno says Riddle is “too stupid to know you’re not supposed to be out here right now”, or that he’s not ready for a TakeOver. But there’s a ref, so ring the bell! And hopefully Riddle enjoys his moment, because he won’t remember it after getting knocked out, “bro”! Is it happening? IT IS!

Matt Riddle VS Kassius Ohno!

The bell rings, and Ohno rushes Riddle! Riddle is ready, with a BIG knee! Cover, RIDDLE WINS!!

Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall

WHOA, BRO!! Riddle just beat Kassius in the fastest match in TakeOver history!! Who wasn’t ready for this? Will this instant victory skyrocket Riddle to a title?

 

NXT Women’s Championship 2 out of 3 Falls: Shayna Baszler VS Kairi Sane!

The Queen of Spades and the Pirate Princess have gone back and forth four times, and they’re all tied up. Of course, Shayna had her friends help her the last time, not that she’s bothered by it. There must be a true winner here tonight, who will be THE NXT Women’s Champion by the end of this epic fifth chapter?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin the first fall. Kairi runs and dropkicks Shayna in the corner! She rams her shoulder in but Shayna shoves her. Kairi gets her with a sweep then furious palm strikes. Shayana shoves Kairi away but gets the blockbuster! Then another! Kairi is all fired up and so is LA. Kairi chops Shayna at the ropes with both hands, then furiously with her right. She marches the plank and hits Shayna with a Sliding D! Shayna bails out but Kairi is on the apron, Flying Kabuki elbow! Kairi catches her breath but keeps going on Shayna. LA rallies up behind her as she puts Shayna in. Shayna fakes injury, but that’s so Jessamyn and Marina can attack! They throw Kairi into a post, then the apron!

Marina feeds Kairi to Shayna, Shayna wraps on the Kirafuda! Kairi moves around but Shayna stays on her! Shayna drags Kairi in deep, and Kairi taps! Shayna takes the fall!

Kairi: 0; Shayna 1

The Horsewomen help Shayna win again. Fans call “Bullsh*t!” but the second fall begins. Shayna hits Kairi with a step-up knee! Cover, TWO!! Kairi avoids a screw job sweep, but Shayna goes for the clutch again. Kairi resists and backs Shayna in the corner. Fans are on her side without question, even as Shayna sinks in the body scissors! Kairi gets loose and rolls around, ropebreak with a foot! Shayna lets Kairi go at 3, but she goes at Kairi. Kairi throws forearms and body shots. Kairi kicks but gets caught into a Half Crab! Shayna stands on Kairi’s head for good measure! Kairi endures, but Shayna stomps! Fans boo but Shayna just soaks it up.

Shayna looms over Kairi, and clubs her back. Shayna kicks Kairi down, then brings the legs around for a figure four while wrenching the neck. Kairi endures the various twists and stretching as fans rally up. Kairi gets a cover, TWO! Shayna suplexes Kairi but Kairi rolls her up, TWO! Shayna goes for the Kirafuda again! Kairi makes it a cover, TWO! Kairi CHOPS Shayna, then baits her to a corner. She throws big palm stirkes but Shayna kicks back. They brawl fast and furious with wild strikes! Fans love the aggression, even as Shayna clobbers Kairi! The Horsewomen applaud as Shayna stands first. Kairi stands and Shayna runs in, but is dumped to the apron. Kairi runs in but misses, and Shayna drags her out. Shayna suplexes, but Kairi DDT’s her on the apron!!

The Horsewomen panic and go to Shayna’s side while fans lose their minds. Kairi gets away to the ring while the ref checks on her. Fans chant “Mamma Mia!” Jessamyn and Marina go after Kairi but she sends them into the steps! Kairi then climbs up top, and LEAPS at Shayna for an INSANE ELBOW! She wipes all three Horsewomen out!! Fans are thunderous as Kairi puts Shayna in the ring. Kairi hurries up top again, she wants this on the mat! INSANE ELBOW #2! Cover, Kairi gets a fall!

Kairi: 1; Shayna: 1

We’re all tied up going into the third and final fall! Shayna manages to stand, and we begin again. Kairi SPEARS! And then SPEARS! Two interceptors in a row, here’s the hat trick! Kairi drags Shayna up, big back hands rock her! Kairi climbs once again, but Shayna is up quick. Shayna stops her with a right hand, then climbs up to join Kairi. They brawl up top, and fans are of course on Kairi’s side. Shayna rocks Kairi, but Kairi rocks her back. Shayna throws many forearms, and clubbing fists. She drags Kairi up for a gut wrench, but Kairi sunset flips for a powerbomb! Cover, TWO!! Kairi was so close, but she still has more to give! She drags Shayna up, Alabama Slam! Then she climbs up again, but Jessamyn distracts. Marina shoves Kairi down.

Here comes Dakota! She clobbers Marina then boots Jessamyn in the face! But she ends up 2v1 against them, until IO SHIRAI appears! Shirai climbs high, for her ASAI!! She wipes the Horsewomen AND Dakota out! Kairi climbs up again, INSANE ELBOW #3! INTO A COVER! Shayna wins!!!

Winner: Shayna Baszler, by pinfall; still NXT Women’s Champion

The Queen keeps her throne, but only thanks to highway robbery! Her friends helped her get the first fall, and then she survives by the skin of her teeth in the last fall! With back-up like this, will there ever be an end to Shayna’s reign of terror?

 

Aleister Black VS Johnny Gargano!

The Embodiment of the End wants revenge on the man who took him out before TakeOver: Brooklyn. Of course, Mr. “Why, Johnny Why?” doesn’t even see what he did as something wrong. It was just business. Will it be business when Aleister makes Gargano #FadeToBlack forever?

The referee keeps the two apart before the bell. It rings, and Aleister stares daggers into Gargano as fans duel. Gargano and Aleister approach, Gargano talks to Aleister then SLAPS him. Aleister boots Gargano! Then fires off furious body shots. Gargano throws Aleister out the slingshots, but Aleister dodges to roundhouse Gargano off his feet! Aleister throws more hands, but Gargano runs into the ring. Aleister follows but msises in the corner. Gargano CHOPS, then dodges the kicks to throw jabs. Gargano taunts Aleister as he dodges and ducks. Aleister kicks but Gargano gets clear. Gargano grins as he copies the cross-leg sitting. Aleister kicks but Gargano roll shim up for a school boy kick! Gargano runs in and chops Aleister, but Aleister goes after him. Gargano dodges again and throws left hands. Fans are thunderous as Aleister goes to another corner.

Gargano keeps on him, then whips. Aleister rolls off Gargano’s back to then throw more hands. He fakes Gargano out to hit a knee lift. Aliester blocks a punch to give knees, kicks, elbows, and one more knee! Gargano bails out, Aleister runs, but he fakes Gargano out. But Gargano knew it, and boots Aleister! Gargano stmops a mudhole into Aleister, then backs off at 3. He soaks up the heat, and the few cheers there are. Gargano goes back to Aleister for more kicks. He drags Aleister up, suplex but Aleister counters. Gargano slips out and rolls Aleister up, TWO, so he rolls Aleister into the seated surfboard! Aleister endures as Gargano pulls back on his arms. Fans rally up, and Aleister pries an arm out. Gargano shifts, but Aleister counters his Mahistrol, TWO! Aleister gets caught into an elbow DDT! Cover, ONE!

Gargano keeps his cool, and stomps Aleister’s hand. Gargano scrapes Aleister’s face, then puts him in a corner. Johnny Wrestling becomes Johnny Boxing as he throws hands. He chops Gargano, but then turns around into Aleister’s counter punches. Gargano kicks and whips but Aleister reverses. Gargano goes up and over, school boy kick misses. Aleister misses his knee and gets a forearm, but then he sweeps the legs! Gargano rolls out, but Aleister builds speed. Gargano expected a fake, so he gets a boot. Then Aleister FLIES! Direct hit! Fans fire up with the Dutch Destroyer as Aleister puts him in the ring. Aleister stalks Gargano to a corner, and fires off kicks and boots. Aleister whips Gargano to ropes, then sweeps the legs again, to hit double knees! He keeps going, Quebrada! Cover, TWO!

Gargano survives but Aleister keeps his cool. Gargano gets to another corner, but Aleister goes over. He elbows Gargano, then breaks free. Gargano stops Aleister up top, then brings him out. Aleister slips out but Gargano blocks the German. He gets a roundhouse, and bails out again. Aleister runs, triangle jump! But Gargano gets out of the way, and DIVES for a tornado DDT! Gargano puts Aleister in, then slingshots for another DDT! Cover, TWO!! Gargano almost had Aleister there! Fans rally up as Gargano wipes the sweat from his brow. Gargano stands on wobbly legs, but he still trash talks Aleister. Gargano chops and kicks Aleister. “You’re not the chosen one, I am!” Gargano kicks, but Aleister blocks it to hit a back elbow!

Aleister runs, but into an enziguri. Gargano runs, but into Aleister’s boot. Aleister runs, but into a SUPERKICK! They both hit each other with clotheslines, but then Aleister fires off elbows. Aleister kicks and kicks but Gargano dodges them. Gargano POISON-RANA! But he runs into a BIG knee! Both men are down but the fans give a standing ovation! Both men stir, and Gargano gets to ropes. Gargano is in No Man’s Land between the rings, and he brawls with Aleister. Aleister throws more forearms but so does Gargano. Aleister boots Gargano, and counters the slingshot spear! Then springboard meteora! Roundhouse to bridging German! TWO!! Fans love this, “This is Awesome!” but it’s far from over.

Aleister stands first but Gargano slowly follows. Aleister runs in, but misses the knee. Gargano blocks a kick, and spins Aleister for a discus clothesline! Gargano runs, tilt-o-whirl takedown! And he gets the GargaNO Escape! But Aleister rolls it up, TWO! Aleister sweeps, Gargano leaps, buzzsaw! Gargano scoops Aleister, for the lawn dart! Aleister hits buckles as Gargano grins. Gargano stands up, and he copies the foot lift. He wants Aleister to see this, as he builds up the energy. Aleister says stop? Aleister sits cross-leg. And then dares Gargano to do it! Gargano takes the knee pad down, to take Ciampa’s Psycho Knee! Aleister dodges and rolls up, but Gargano rolls through to SUPERKICK! Then the Psycho Knee! Cover, TWO!! Aleister survives and shocks Gargano! LA hopes they “Fight Forever!” but there must be a winner.

Gargano goes over to Aleister and drags him up by his hair. He keeps insisting he’s the hero, as he gives Aleister heavy forearms. Aleister still sits up, so Gargano brings him up for more. Aleister fires back, and now we brawl! Gargano hits, Aleister hits, and repeat. Then they hit at the same time! Aleister gets the edge with furious hands from all sides. Gargano gives forearms from all sides, but Aleister counters with a knee! Aleister springboards but Gargano shoves him out! Gargano builds speed, and DIVES, into a knee!! Both men are down on the outside as fans lose their minds! Aleister sits up first as the ring count climbs. He hobbles over to Gargano and puts him in. Aleister follows, but Gargano wants mercy? There will be no mercy, even as Gargano grovels at his feet. So Gargano wants Aleister to end him.

Aleister lifts him with the foot, and swings, but Gargano makes it a roll up! TWO!! GargaNO Escape!! Aleister is stuck in the hold, and he scrambles for ropes! Gargano rolls him away! Aleister pries at the hold, but rolls again! ONE, big spinning knee! Gargano is rocked, and Aleister takes the knee pad down. Aleister hits Gargano with bare knee! Then he holds Gargano up again, for the BLACK MASS! But he holds Gargano up on his feet as fans are thunderous. Because he gives Gargano a SECOND Black Mass!! Cover, Aleister wins!!

Winner: Aleister Black, by pinfall

No mercy for “Johnny Takeover”, the Embodiment of the End ends him tonight. Aleister settles one score, but is he on his way to settle another, with the title on the line? Who will be holding it when Black comes back for the gold?

 

NXT Championship: Tommaso Ciampa VS Velveteen Dream!

The Psycho Killer benefitted the most from Johnny Wrestling’s turn to the dark side, and now he hogs the spotlight by any means necessary. However, a shining star has come along and says the spotlight belongs to him. Ciampa claims to be the killer of fairy tales, but the Patrick Clark Experience makes dreams come true. Will the Dream be over tonight? Or will it just be over for the Dream?

The introductions are made for Ciampa and “Hollywood Dream.” Ciampa clutches to his precious a moment, gives it a kiss good luck, and “Goldy” is raised. The bell rings and we begin!

Fans are on Dream’s side and he soaks it in. Ciampa chuckles, it amuses him. The two circle and tie up. They go around, and Dream almost shoves Ciampa out of the ring! Dream backs off at the ref’s count to strike his pose. Ciampa and Dream circle again, then tie up again. They go around and Ciampa gets a waistlock. Ciampa brings Dream down, then shifts to a facelock. Dream pops out and rear mounts, and even Supermans on Ciampa. Dream slaps Ciampa in the head as he backs away. Fans are on Dream’s side as he and Ciampa tie up again. Dream puts Ciampa in the corner, but Ciampa messes Dream’s hair! So Dream SLAPS Ciampa in the front of the face! Ciampa runs into the fireman’s carry but escapes. Ciampa kicks low, underhooks, but Dream sprawls and escapes.

But Ciampa has the headband! Ciampa winds up to hear the fans. Dream slides out of the ring, and laughs it off. Why? Because Dream picks up “Goldy”! Dream gets away from Ciampa, and then goes to give Ciampa a draping DDT! Ciampa escapes, and both men are rather amused by the other. Ciampa swings but Dream counter punches. Dream whips but Ciampa reverses. Dream slides to come back with more haymakers. Big scoop slam from Dream, then he swivels the hips before hitting a big dropkick! Then a running hotshot! Dream climbs up, big ax handles! Dream gets his headband back and puts it on. Fans applaud as Dream hears them out. Dream goes back to Ciampa, whips and boots, brother! Dream calls for it, hears the fans, and runs. But Ciampa bails out.

So Dream climbs up and LEAPS! Double ax handles hit, and Dream puts Ciampa in. Dream climbs again, but avoids the counter attack. He then slingshots, but Ciampa shoves him down! Dream loses his headband in the crash, but then Ciampa hits him with a swinging neckbreaker on the outside! Ciampa gets up and asks if Dream thinks this is a game. Ciampa clubs Dream then puts him back in. He keeps on Dream with a mudhole in the corner. Then he runs side to side, BIG knee wash! That knee brace adds to the impact, Dream might be knocked out! Ciampa doesn’t cover, he just mocks Dream with the sliding crawl. Fans call Ciampa names but Ciampa just grins as he drags Dream up. Ciampa clubs Dream in the ropes, and Dream slumps over. Dream gets up, but Ciampa elbows him down again.

Ciampa drags Dream up, neckbreaker hotshot! Dream falls and Ciampa gives himself a pat on the back, because “I’m the man! I’m the main event!” Ciampa drags Dream up and onto the announce desk, for another big knee! Dream flounders and flails from that impact, but Ciampa puts him back in the ring. Ciampa stomps Dream, then wraps on a chinlock. Dream scrambles up but Ciampa snapmares him back down. Ciampa keeps on Dream with the hold, but fans rally up. Ciampa wrenches back and Dream sputters in the hold. Dream’s drool hangs out, so Ciampa makes Dream eat it! Ciampa says “Night-night!” but Dream keeps fighting. Dream flails around as fans rally up.

Dream fights back but Ciampa knees low. Ciampa drags Dream up again, but gets a backslide! ONE, and Dream throws a haymaker. Then another, then another! Dream gets Ciampa around, and gives him a neckbreaker! Both men stir, Ciampa gets up first. Ciampa brings Dream up but Dream fights again. Draem whips but Ciampa reverses, only for Dream to hit forearms! And a kip-up! Dream keeps going, big haymakers and clotheslines. Another whip but Ciampa gives another knee. But Dream points his finger at Ciampa! CIampa runs into the sidewinder but slips out. Dream bucks Ciampa off, blocks and gives haymakers. Dream whips and boots Ciampa! Then the LEG DROP! And another! And a third! Ciampa gets up as Dream hulks up!

Dream brings Ciampa up but Ciampa slides out and shoves. But he runs into Dream’s spinebuster! Cover, TWO! Dream feels he’s close, and so do the fans as they chant. Dream stands and goes over to Ciampa. He throws more haymakers, then another whip. Ciampa grabs the ropes but is sent out. Dream slingshots for a big plancha! Dream puts Ciampa back in, then climbs up fast. Ciampa rolls away, so Dream hops down. Ciampa yanks Dream out, but Dream is up quick. Dream avoids the DDT to throw the knee into the apron! Ciampa clutches the brace, but Dream keeps on him through the ropes. Dream takes the legs and brings Ciampa over to a post. Hanging Figure Four on the post!! Ciampa tapped but the ref was busy reprimanding Dream!!

Fans try to point that out, but Ciampa gets Dream with a package! TWO, and Ciampa gives a big forearm. Waistlock, but victory roll, to Figure Four! Dream has Ciampa in the legendary leg lock, and “WOO~” echoes through LA. Ciampa drags himself towards ropes but Dream drags him back. Dream puts as much pressure as he can on Ciampa, and fans are thunderous. But Ciampa rolls it over quick! Bug then Dream rolls it back! Ciampa rolls, Dream rolls, and now Dream throws haymakers. Dream kicks Ciampa to a cover, TWO! Ropebreak! Dream lets Ciampa go, but fans applaud this amazing exchange. Dream goes for the legs again, but Ciampa shoves Dream into barriers!

Ciampa catches Dream on the return, but no draping DDT this time. Ciampa and Dream fight, and Dream resists the suplex. Dream then suplexes Ciampa and himself out of the ring! Fans lose their minds as both men crash and burn! Ciampa undoes his boot laces, his leg is really hurting now. A ring count begins now as both men stir. Dream stands and realizes he needs to get Ciampa in. The count is at 8 when Dream puts Ciampa in. Fans applaud as Dream and Ciampa stand, and they brawl with haymakers! Dream gets an edge, but Ciampa kicks low. Ciampa double underhooks but Dream slips out. Ciampa dodges the superkick and it almost hits the ref! Roll up, with tights! But the ref notices! The ref stops the count and reprimands Ciampa! SUPERKICK, then Dream Valley Driver! High stack cover, TWO!? Ciampa survives and fans can’t believe it!

Dream himself is shocked, but he turns around into Ciampa’s fist. Dream jackknifes to a fireman’s carry, but Ciampa slides out. Ciampa rocks Dream with an elbow, but Dream gives Ciampa one back. Dream springboards, into a knee! Cover, TWO! Ciampa brings Dream up, Project Ciampa! Cover, TWO?! Dream survives and Ciampa is at wit’s end. Fans are thunderous for Dream as Ciampa undoes more of his boot. Ciampa bails out, and hobbles over to his belt. Ciampa wants to take Goldy into the ring but the ref stops him. Dream rolls Ciampa, TWO! SIDEWINDER ON THE BELT! Not on purpose, so no DQ! Cover, TWO!? Ciampa survives, but Dream won’t stop.

Dream climbs, leaps, but stops Ciampa’s counter boot! Dream wants the Figure Four again, but Ciampa shove shim out of the ring! Then DRAPING DDT! Cover, TWO!?! HOW?! Ciampa can’t believe it, but the fans love it. Maybe these two will “Fight Forever” because “This is Awesome!” But Ciampa goes to an old trick, as he pulls off padding from the floor. He exposes concrete, and then goes after Dream at the apron. Ciampa positions Dream as he drags him out, but Dream pushes through to barrel Ciampa over the announce desk! Both men are down and fans shout “Mamma Mia!” for Mauro’s sake. Dream and Ciampa stir back to life and head for the ring. The ref hasn’t even started counting yet.

But then Ciampa throws something at Mauro?! That’s uncalled for! Death Valley on the ground! Dream climbs up, PURPLE RAIN MAKER!! Cover, TWO!?! Dream keeps moving, seeing Ciampa on the apron. Purple Rain Maker, MISSES! Dream hits floor, and hurts his arm! Ciampa drags Dream up and in, but then to No Man’s Land? DDT on the steel!! Ciampa drags Dream into their ring, covers, and wins!

Winner: Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall; still NXT Champion

Dream came so close so many times but the Black Heart wins out. If not even this much can end Ciampa’s reign, what will it take? Who will be the man to accomplish such a feat?

 

WarGames: The Undisputed Era VS Ricochet, Pete Dunne & The War Raiders!

Ever since they debuted, Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish have been running wild on NXT. And as enemies would close in, they managed to convince Roderick Strong to join their quest to forever #ShockTheSystem. However, they can no longer run from the fight, and must again face this sinister structure of steel. With the One and Only joining forces with the WWE United Kingdom Champion and the bearded behemoths of Ray Rowe & Hanson, will Cole and crew stand a chance of surviving? Or will they shock us all again by staying undefeated and undisputed?

Pete Dunne and Ricochet show solidarity with the War Raiders by wearing their own bits of war paint. To start the preliminary stage of this match, it’s Adam Cole BAYBAY and the One and Only NXT North American Champion! Cole trash talks Ricochet already, as these two still have a score to settle over that very title. The bell rings, and we have five minutes until another man is added. Kyle O’Reilly won an Advantage match this past NXT, so it will be Undisputed Era getting a new man first. As for these two, each man dares the other to fight in their ring. Ricochet is willing to cross over, but Cole is right on him! Cole clubs away but Ricochet turns things around with big haymakers.

Ricochet throws a European Uppercut and a swift chop. He whips but Cole reverses. Ricochet goes up and over then handsprings to headscissor and dropkick! Cole rolls to the other ring, but Ricochet follows. Ricochet brings Cole up for more clubbing forearms. Ricochet chops, then puts Cole in a corner. He gives Cole EuroUppers, then whips him corner to corner. Cole reverses but runs into an elbow. Ricochet springboards, but into a backstabber! Cole stands up and rains rights down on Ricochet. He then brings Ricochet up for a neckbreaker. Cole circles Ricochet, then brings him up to throw him into steel. Ricochet stops himself and then hits Cole back. Cole scoops but Ricochet slips out. Ricochet jumps, but into the ushigoroshi! Cole tosses Ricochet to the other ring, then follows.

Ricochet crawls but Cole is on him with a knee drop. Cole drops ax handles then drives a knee into Ricochet’s back. Cole brings Ricochet over to grind his face into the steel! He lets off and Ricochet writhes in a corner. Cole comes back and throws a forearm, but Ricochet hits back. Cole kicks Ricochet then whips. Ricochet kicks Cole back, then boots Cole from a corner. Ricochet dropkicks Cole down, and Cole rolls to the other ring. Cole stirs while Ricochet takes aim from far away. Ricochet runs, triangle jump and leaping uppercut! Both men are down, but the countdown begins. The buzzer sounds and the Undisputed Era sends… Kyle! Kyle goes in and gets Ricochet down! He fires off palm strikes while the three minute countdown begins. Kyle drives his knees into Ricochet while Cole stands.

The duo once known as Future Shock works together to mug Ricochet against steel. They double whip but Ricochet holds ropes. Ricochet sends Cole to the other ring, then avoids Kyle. He jumps into No Man’s Land to fight both men off! But Kyle gets a leg for a dragon screw through the ropes! Ricochet is down, and Cole joins Kyle again. They mug Ricochet with knees and kicks, and Ricochet is rocked. Cole and Kyle stomp Ricochet around, then taunt him to get up. Ricochet crawls away but they stay on him with more stomping. Kyle drags Ricochet up and Future Shock double whip. Ricochet dodges, pushes Cole into Kyle, then hits Kyle with a forearm. Cole boots Ricochet, then Kyle fires off strikes! Cole scoops, ushigoroshi on Kyle’s knee! Kyle keeps Ricochet down and throws more palm strikes, but the countdown returns.

Ricochet gets help from… Pete– Hanson? Hanson kept Dunne back because Hanson wants payback on Kyle. The War Beard rallies on Future Shock as we start another three minute countdown! Sidewalk slam and splash to Kyle! Scooping powerslam to Cole! Hanson misses in the corner, but he gets Kyle with a seated senton! Then Hanson cartwheels to avoid Cole, and clobbers him with a clothesline! Fans fire up with Hanson as he stands tall. They chant “War! War!” for Hanson as he begins a corner clothesline train! He hits Kyle, then Cole, then back again. Hanson gets a total of 10 but doesn’t stop! He brings Kyle into Cole, and they’re stacked in a corner. Hanson goes corner to corner, for a double bronco buster! Ricochet recovers, and Hanson helps him into the same ring. They forearm bump, Hanson becomes a step stool, shooting star onto Kyle!

Hanson decides to fetch Cole in the second ring, while Ricochet keeps on Kyle in the first. Cole elbows Hanson away, but then walks into a scoop. Kyle comes over to sweep Hanson’s legs! Ricochet gets Kyle with a clothesline, then he goes after Cole. Ricochet chops Cole, then rams his shoulder in. The countdown returns, and the Undisputed Era adds… Roderick Strong! Roddy hurries to help, going after Ricochet and Hanson! He chops away on Ricochet then whips, to dropkick Ricochet down! Roderick chops Hanson, then runs to shining wizard Ricochet! He does the same to Hanson, then gives Ricochet a urenage backbreaker. And another! And then torture rack, backbreaker drop! Fans fire up with Roddy as he drags Ricochet up to throw him into Hanson! Then Roddy runs, but Hanson catches him. Cole boots Hanson, Kyle gives the Ax ‘n’ Smash! Olympic Slam from Roddy!

The 3v2 favors the Undisputed Era, and fans are loving it! Cole, Strong and Kyle take turns stomping and dropping knees on Ricochet and Hanson. They have to fill time, so Strong puts Ricochet in a corner. Strong trash talks then Kyle joins him in chopping and kicking Ricochet. Strong hits Hanson for good measure, then works with Kyle again. Gutbuster and knee drop! Cole grinds his boot into Hanson, then Strong drives in a knee. The Undisputed Era pace about, confident they have control. But the countdown brings out… Rowe! Rowe pushed past Dunne, and then he goes right at all three men of the Undisputed Era! They stand up, he knocks them down, then he throws Strong overhead! Kyle runs into a gutbuster, then a gutwrench. Cole hits Rowe, but it only gets Rowe’s attention. Shotgun knees!

Rowe throws strikes all over Strong, but then Kyle climbs on for a sleeper! Rowe stays up, Cole runs in, but Cole gets an urenage! Then Rowe backs Kyle into the buckles and breaks free. Hanson returns, and now War Raiders work together. Hanson hauls Strong up while Rowe carries Kyle, and Strong is placed on Rowe’s shoulders! Powebomb-powerslam combo! Fans chant “War! War!” again as the Raiders stand tall. Hanson throws Kyle into steel, and then Rowe throws Strong! Cole realizes he’s all alone now, and Ricochet is up, too! Cole is fed to the Raiders, who then lawn dart Cole into steel! Ricochet and the Raiders stand tall, and they mug Cole in a corner. Ricochet keeps on Strong with haymakers and chops, but the countdown returns. The last one for the Undisputed Era, Bobby Fish, finally joins in!

But wait, Fish goes after Dunne? He wants to lock Dunne up, and he rams Dunne into steel bars! Fish puts his lock on, and only Fish has the key! He uses it to taunt Dunne, but then he throws it away! And then Fish goes looking under the ring! He brings in Undisputed Era branded chairs?! The Undisputed Era planned for this all along! Hanson blocks Kyle’s attack, but Fish gets his chair shot in! Then reDRagon tees off on the War Raiders and Ricochet! Cole and Strong regroup with them to take up chairs and throw them down on the others. Kyle strums his like a guitar while the others continue to SMACK their opponents. If Dunne can’t get in the ring, this match can’t officially start, which means it can’t end, either! The Undisputed Era can do this for as long as they want!

Strong and Fish throw Hanson into steel! Then they sit a chair up, and give Rowe an urenage across it! Fish taunts Rowe while Strong kicks Ricochet down. Cole and Kyle keep Hanson down on their end by going after his sore leg. Strong and Fish bring Rowe over, and they throw Rowe into steel of the cage! Rowe rebounds, though, and takes Fish out. Fish has to be careful because of his leg, but he seems fine. Kyle and Cole throw Hanson into more steel while Strong keeps on Ricochet. The countdown returns, but what does it matter if Dunne’s stuck in a cage? The ref’s use their key to unlock the first lock, but it won’t work on Fish’s lock. Dunne fights against it but there’s nothing he can do as Undisputed Era run a train on Ricochet against steel cage.

Fish and Cole keep on Rowe while Strong and Kyle keep on Hanson. They put each War Raider on a corner, then climb up to join them. Cole and Kyle help them coordinate, DOUBLE SUPERPLEX! Cole mocks Dunne, “You can’t do a darn thing!” He blows a mocking kiss, but here come bolt cutters! The ref gets the chain, and breaks it! Dunne is loose, and storms to the ring! Dunne may have one bad leg, but he’s going to find a way in. He grabs a kendo stick! Dunne smacks the hands of reDRagon off the cage door, then is ready for Cole. Dunne puts Cole’s hand on the steel steps, to SMACK it with the stick! Strong comes over but Dunne slams the door on him! Dunne brings out more things, and Ricochet crossbodies onto all of Undisputed Era!

Fans are thunderous as Dunne brings in a trash can, then another trash can, another kendo stick, and just as fans hoped, a TABLE! Rowe helps Dunne bring that table in as a brawl breaks out. Ricochet keeps reDRagon rocked as Dunne brings in a second table! Hanson helps him with that one, while Rowe sets a table up in No Man’s Land. Dunne grabs himself a stick, and this match FINALLY begins with a SMACK on Strong! SMACK for Kyle, SMACK for Strong! Dunne fires off on all four men of Undisputed Era, then hands the sticks over to Rowe and Ricochet. Hanson has a chair and Dunne has a chain, and they just beat down the Undisputed Era!

Kyle lands on the No Man’s Land steel, and Dunne tortures his arm. Dunne hammerlocks and STOMPS Kyle’s arm on that steel! Hanson hits Strong and Ricochet SMACKS Strong on the back. Fish grabs a can but Rowe stops him from using it. Dunne has Kyle’s arm and twists it. The kendo sticks fly, Strong gets over to where Kyle is, but Dunne X-plexes him onto Kyle! Cole chop blocks Dunne! Ricochet heads over but Cole tosses him into cage wall! The Era regroups in the second ring, and are ready for the Raiders. Strong kicks Rowe down, but Hanson avoids the chair shot. Kyle himself avoids the rebound accident, but then Hanson boots the chair into his face! Rowe gets back up as Hanson chops Cole. Hanson puts Cole in a can, and then puts him in a corner. Rowe picks Hanson up, senton attack on the canned Cole!

The Raiders then fire each other up, and Rowe scoops Hanson for a scoop slam senton on Kyle, across No Man’s Land! Kyle writhes while the Raiders go after Roddy. Pop up to German, springboard clothesline! Cover, but Fish breaks it in time. Rowe goes after Fish, German Suplex and springboard- TRASH CAN! Kyle hit Hanson with a flying trash can, and then he saves Fish from Rowe. Rowe fights off reDRagon, but ends up in a sleeper, and kick sandwich! Strong staggers up to help Cole in the second ring. Ricochet fights but still ends up in the gutbuster drop to backstabber! The Undisputed Era has regained control, and they surround Dunne. The Bruiserweight sees the situation he’s in, but doesn’t care! He throws hands on everyone!

Dunne blasts Cole with a forearm, then blasts with Fish with a forearm. Dunne dodges Strong, Strong hits steel cage, then staggers into Dunne’s German Suplex! Fish blocks Dunne’s kick, then ducks, so Dunne enziguris Kyle! Fish blocks a kick but gets reeled into a Kneebar! Dunne wrenches Fish’s bad leg, but Kyle saves Fish. Kyle uses that chain Dunne found, and uses it on Dunne’s bad leg! Kyle wraps it up as best he can, but then Dunne uses it to wrap up Kyle’s fingers! Dunne brings Kyle into a Kimura, the chain helping hold on. But Kyle lifts Dunne, and Fish SMACKS Dunne with a chair! Kyle uses that chain on Dunne now, for an ankle lock! Fish and Cole hold off the Raiders and Ricochet with chairs. Strong puts a chair on Dunne’s face and it’s an ankle lock with crossface.

Dunne somehow endures as the rest of his team work their way through, Ricochet FLIES in! Ricochet saves Dunne but gets a chair to the ribs. Strong hits Hanson, then runs, but for a BIG back drop! He ends up in the first ring, and now everyone is down. Hanson gets up and goes after Kyle. Rowe goes after Strong, and the Raiders have the NXT Tag Team Champions on either side of the table. Cole saves Kyle, but then Ricochet hits Cole. Fish saves Strong, but Dunne goes after Fish. Ricochet and Dunne have Strong and Kyle now, for a Butterfly SUPERPLEX and SUPER STEINER! Covers, TWO!! The Undisputed Era survives, but the Raiders decide the tables need to come into play now. The Raiders bring one over to the second ring, and Hanson sets it up.

Hanson targets Cole and puts him on the wood. The legs give out so Hanson dumps Cole off to try again. Cole scrambles away but Rowe is on him. He has him in No Man’s Land, powerbomb lift but Cole fights out. So he gets Thor’s Hammer! Cover, but Kyle breaks it with a chair shot! Rowe grabs Kyle, but Fish saves Kyle with a kendo SMACK. Fish then spears Rowe through the table! Fans are loving the carnage, but it isn’t over yet. Cole and Ricochet fight and end up near the other table. Cole has Ricochet in a corner and hauls him up. He climbs up to join him, but Ricochet resists. Ricochet kicks Cole, drags him into a Tree of Woe, but Kyle saves Cole. Kyle and Ricochet fight now, and Ricochet gets Kyle on the table.

Strong comes over and gives Ricochet a leaping knee! Kyle reels Ricochet into a triangle hold! But Hanson climbs up, and as Ricochet gets free, Hanson splashes down on Kyle, through the table! Cover, but Strong uses a trash can to break it! All four men but the fans are thunderous. The referees clear the debris, and Cole is first to stand up. Cole decides to climb up, but not to escape. Ricochet follows Cole, though, and they go after each other! They brawl, but have to be careful not to fall out. If even one man hits the floor, their entire team is disqualified. Strong climbs up to go after Ricochet, and they decide to throw Ricochet out! Ricochet holds on, and manages to kick Strong down! Strong gets crotch’d on the top rope, and now Ricochet only has to worry about Cole.

Cole clubs Ricochet on the back, but here comes Dunne! Dunne grabs Cole’s fingers and pulls, and gets Cole back in. But Kyle climbs up to go after Dunne. Rowe goes after Cole, but then Strong goes after Rowe. things are getting crazy up there as Hanson and Fish scrap on their way over. Hanson grabs everyone, even with Fish on his back, for a special WarGames TOWER OF DOOM!! All seven men go down in a heap, and fans lose their minds! But wait, Ricochet is still up top, and fans spot him sitting back up. The others regroup as he stands, and Ricochet 630 MOONSAULTS! He wipes them all out!! Fans are at a fever pitch as all eight men are down and out!

The teams regroup in opposite rings, and the teammates help each other stand. Fans rally up as the two teams stand across, each man facing a counterpart on the other side. They approach each other, and fans are thunderous. They go into No Man’s Land, to brawl!! Hands just fly wildly, and then things spill out into rings. Hanson has Kyle while Fish DDT’s Rowe. Fish kicks but Rowe gets him with Ace Ten Mao! Hanson leaves Kyle behind, for FALLOUT! But Kyle grabs Rowe before the cover, Strong Elimination! Strong and Kyle double whip Hanson, but he breaks through, to handspring back elbow!

Cole SUPERKICKS Hanson, but Ricochet springboards at Cole, for another SUPERKICK! Dunne blocks the kick to tweak the ankle! And snap the fingers! And hit Bitter- DDT from Cole! Last Shot brianbuster, to shining wizard! Cover, TWO?!? Cole keeps going, but misses the second shot, for a Bitter End! 450 splash outta nowhere! Double cover, #OneAndOnlyBruiserRaiders WIN!!

Winners: The War Raiders, Pete Dunne & Ricochet, both Ricochet & Dunne pinning

TakeOver is no longer Undisputed, and the Undisputed no longer rules TakeOver! There is wreckage everywhere, but Ricochet’s team can hold their heads high. Dunne and Ricochet get their belts back, and stand tall atop the cage. They’re reminded of their own unsettled score, the Champion VS Champion match the Undisputed Era ruined. Ricochet still has to keep Cole away, but will he get another shot at proving the North American Championship is better than the United Kingdom Championship? Will the War Raiders get themselves another go at the NXT Tag Team Championships?

 


 

My Thoughts:

There is already so much to love about any TakeOver, but this may have been the best TakeOver yet! I loved the surprise of Riddle VS Ohno, and it worked perfectly in story. Ohno was acting so superior, so him losing in mere seconds was the right way to go. Then Ohno and Riddle can have a lengthier rematch on a later NXT episode to really give us something incredible. The Women’s Championship match felt really fast. Shayna has ultimate Heel heat from Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir helping her again, mostly with the first fall. The brawling of Jessamyn and Marina with Dakota Kai, then Io Shirai coming in, tells me this will be the Six Woman Tag showdown we get, which is great given Dakota’s history with Shayna and Shirai’s friendship with Kairi. And obviously, this means Shayna VS Kairi will continue.

In Aleister VS Gargano, I liked that both guys knew the other’s moves enough to counter, and there was great story elements like Gargano begging for forgiveness only to use it as a way to steal the win. I like that Aleister didn’t have to use two Black Mass kicks but chose to use two. Aleister wins to keep Gargano’s story going, because Gargano will be seeking vindication of his “I’m still the hero!” claims. Ciampa VS “Hollywood” Dream was so great, and Dream really used all his references to legendary wrestlers like Hogan, Flair and Rick Roode to great effect. I really thought Dream was winning, but that’s how good they booked the match, Ciampa wins to perhaps set up a proper Aleister VS Ciampa match now.

The WarGames match itself was incredible. It seemed odd to me that Ricochet’s team had dysfunction when it came to sending members out, but things like that tend to plague Faces more than Heels in such situations as a standard wrestling trope. The Undisputed Era’s scheme of locking out the last man while preparing their own weapons was a great touch. I almost thought Dunne was going to stay locked in and someone else (like EC3) was going to sub in for him. But I suppose it’s fine that Dunne still gets free, NXT can save EC3 VS Undisputed Era for later. I know in our Chairshot staff picks I expected the Era to still win, but it does work for Ricochet’s team to win. Now the Era will have to regroup in order to keep the tag titles while Cole looks to regain the North American title.

My Score: 9/10

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