This card’s stacked with a Raw Women’s Championship Extreme Rules, a 30-Minute Ironman Intercontinental Championship, and a WWE Championship Rusev Day!
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- Kickoff Show: Andrade “Cien” Almas w/ Zelina Vega VS Sin Cara; Almas wins.
- Kickoff Show: Six Man Tag Tables Match: SAnitY VS The New Day; SAnitY wins.
- Raw Tag Team Championships: The Deleters of Worlds VS The B Team; The B Team wins and become new Raw Tag Team Champions.
- Finn Balor VS Constable Baron Corbin; Balor wins.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship Shark Cage Match: Carmella w/ James Ellsworth (in a Shark Cage) VS Asuka; Carmella wins and retains the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
- WWE United States Championship: Jeff Hardy VS Shinsuke Nakamura; Nakamura wins and becomes the new WWE United States Champion.
- Steel Cage Match: Braun Strowman VS Kevin Owens; Kevin wins.
- SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Bludgeon Brothers VS Team Hell No; The Bludgeon Brothers win and retain the SmackDown Tag Team Championships.
- Roman Reigns VS Bobby Lashley; Lashley wins.
- Raw Women’s Championship Extreme Rules Match: Alexa Bliss w/ Mickie James VS Nia Jax w/ Natalya; Alexa wins and retains the Raw Women’s Championship.
- WWE Championship: AJ Styles VS Rusev w/ Aiden English; Styles wins and retains the WWE Championship.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship 30 Minute Ironman Match: Dolph Ziggler w/ Drew McIntyre VS Seth Rollins; Ziggler wins and retains the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
PLAY BY PLAY
Finn Balor joins the Kickoff Panel!
What does he think about Braun Strowman VS Kevin Owens in a Cage? Finn doesn’t envy Kevin tonight. As for Baron Corbin, Finn feels Corbin’s singing voice is the only thing worse than his wardrobe. Let’s just say Corbin isn’t American Idol material. Finn’s been dealing with guys like Corbin, but he’s gonna chop this tree down. And if it means making Stephanie McMahon an enemy for it, he’ll happily do it. Can the Extraordinary Man stop the Constable from ruining Raw?
Kickoff Show: Andrade “Cien” Almas w/ Zelina Vega VS Sin Cara!
Former amigos are now enemies as El Idolo has been listening to his manager and following her business plan. Almas won on SmackDown, but can he do it just minutes away from Extreme Rules?
The bell rings and the rematch begins. Almas swings on Sin Cara with a heavy hayamker, then dodges him. Sin Cara tilt-o-whirls to arm-drag, then headscissors! Almas slips out but Sin Cara runs. Almas comes in but Sin Cara anticipates his counter to dump him out again. Sin Cara builds speed to DIVE, but Almas throws him into barriers! Vega likes that, and Sin Cara writhes while Almas catches his breath. Almas puts Sin Cara in the ring, but fans rally up for the masked luchador. Almas stomps away on Sin Cara, then throws forearms. He runs and dropkicks Sin Cara in the head. Almas stomps Sin Cara more, then drags him up to whip him to a corner. Sin Cara tries to boot, but gets caught into a draping backbreaker and DDT. Cover, TWO.
Vega grows frustrated now, she wants Almas to finish this fast. Sin Cara hits back, then runs, but into a back elbow! He ends up outside the ring now, and Almas runs to Tranquilo! Vega joins him, and the two have control while we go picture in picture.
Almas fetches Sin Cara to chop him against the barrier. Vega applauds Almas as he drags Sin Cara up and into the ring. Almas stalks and stomps Sin Cara more, then wrenches the arm in a seated armbar. Fans rally and Sin Cara fights his way up. Sin Cara fights back but Almas wrangles him down while we go to single picture. Almas wrenches harder, but Sin Cara refuses to quit. Fans rally up again and Sin Cara stands. Sin Cara fights back again, then backs Almas down to arm-drag him away. Sin Cara dodges from the corner, then throws forearms. Almas throws back and they brawl. Sin Cara chops and chops, then whips. Almas reverses, but Sin Cara springboards for the crossbody! Then again for the quebrada! Sin Cara is fired up, but is tossed up, for another tilt-o-whirl spike-rana! Cover, TWO!
Vega is furious but Sin Cara is ready. Sin Cara brings Almas up, but Almas blocks the suplex. Almas slips out and boots back, then climbs up. Sin Cara swing kicks Almas! Almas is stuck up top and Sin Cara chops him. Sin Cara positions Almas then climbs up, but Almas fights back. Almas trips Sin Cara up, Tree of Woe but Sin Cara slips out to shove Almas down! Almas hits the apron back first, then crawls into the ring. Sin Cara goes up, for a SUPER huricanrana! BOth men crash and burn to the ground, but Sin Cara is up first. He puts Almas in the ring, climbs up again, FROG SPLASH! But Vega distracts on the apron! Almas dropkicks Sin Cara down. Vega chants for them, Almas gives us CIEN KNEES! And the Hammerlock DDT! Cover, Almas wins!
Winner: Andrade “Cien” Almas, by pinfall
El Idolo gets the sweep, but with help from his business partner this time. Will Sin Cara get some back-up before trying again? Or are Almas & Vega on to bigger and better things?
Shinsuke Nakamura is in the Social Media Lounge.
Can he hear Renee on the panel? Does he have a working mic? The King of Strong Style is set to face Jeff Hardy, how does he feel about the United States Champion? Shinsuke continues to “not hear” anyone. But then he speaks up, claiming “bad connection.” After his rivalry with AJ Styles, how important is tonight’s win? “You’re a clown, like Jeff Hardy.” Perhaps, but how important is winning the US title? What? Well, one artist to another, Nakamura respects Hardy. But tonight, Hardy will lose his canvas, his paint, and his title. With that, Nakamura’s time is over, but is it really just beginning?
Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre join the Kickoff panel.
The pulse of the nation wants THE top champion on Raw to be around, and that’s Ziggler. Ziggler has made his career out of turning small opportunities into big ones. “Opportunist” gets a negative connotation, but Ziggler is proud to be one. Ziggler’s been in Rollins’ spot, with fans behind you as well as against you. The WWE Universe is the 12th Man, but they’re also very fickle. You need to worry about yourself and the title, oh and he has McIntyre watching his back. Rollins lost to the “psychopath” Scotsman, and now McIntyre can be ringside for that Ironman Match.
So McIntyre is a part of Ziggler’s strategy? Yes, because McIntyre isn’t like the WWE Universe, who are only behind Rollins while they’re here. McIntyre is on Ziggler’s side 24/7, and they’re not tired of winning. Ziggler won’t worry about stealing the show, he’s just here to win. Main event no matter the spot, but will Rollins be the one stealing the win?
Kickoff Show: Six Man Tag Tables Match: SAnitY VS The New Day!
Awwwwww~ Pittsburgh! Don’t you dare be sour! Someone is going through a table, so feel~ the power~! Can the power of positivity overcome pure chaos? Or will Eric Young and his anarchic allies begin their own Purge in SmackDown?
The bell rings, annd it’s a brawl! All six men pair off as Big E goes after Killian Dain and Kofi clotheslines Alexander Wolfe out of the ring. Woods clubs away on Young but Young whips. Woods reverses and sends Young out of the ring while Big E throws Dain into steps! Kofi kicks Wolfe while he’s down, and then the New Day present the first table! They set it up but SAnitY pounces! Wolfe clubs Big E while Young kicks Kofi. Dain has Woods while the others put Big E in the ring. Young & Wolfe stomp away then drag Big E up for body shots. Big E slips out and Young hits Wolfe by accident. Big E dumps Young out, and then runs at them both, but into double knees! Wolfe drags E up while Young climbs. Swinging neckbreaker then elbow drop in that order!
Woods and Kofi have wiped out “Big Damo” in the meantime, but that still leaves Big E alone against two opponents. We go picture in picture while E endures stomps. Wolfe brings Big E up for a haymaker from Young. Young and Wolfe kick and choke Big E against ropes, and there are no rules keeping them from doing it. But Big E revives to throw hands! Only for Young to clobber him again. Young & Wolfe choke Big E more while we go back to single picture. They haul Big E up, but Big E holds on. Kofi & Woods return to throw Wolfe & Young out! Then together, Woods & Kofi FLY! They wipe out Young & Wolfe, but Big Damo returns, to DIVE!!
The Beast of Belfast wipes them both out, then he drags Kofi up and into the ring. SAnitY regroups to go after Kofi while getting a table of their own. Make that two tables! Wolfe hoists Kofi up to the top rope while the tables are set up. Young keeps Woods and Big E down while the preparations finish. Wolfe wants a STACK, so that’s what they make! Kofi resists, so Young & Damo come in to help. Big E goes after Big Damo, yurinagi and backstabber with Woods’ help! The New Day regroup to help Kofi with Young & Wolfe. Double powerbomb stomps! Steel City is fired up as The New Day stand. Big E drags Young up while Kofi kicks Wolfe out. They bring Young over to the first table, and set him up. Kofi climbs but Damo drags him down off the top!
Big E and Woods run in, but into a clothesline, and a Michinoku Driver that drives Woods into Big E! Kofi kicks Damo in the corner, then Trouble in Paradise! Damo goes down, and Young is still on that table. Kofi takes aim, but Wolfe runs in. Wolfe is sent onto the apron, but Young gets away while Wolfe picks Kofi up. Kofi turns it around, but Wolfe holds on for dear life. Wolfe fights back and even bites Kofi’s face! Kofi teeters, Young jumps to drive Kofi through!!
Winners: SAnitY, Kofi going through table
Anarchy rules the day! Is this a new day of doom and gloom for SmackDown’s Tag Team Division?
The Deleters of Worlds speak.
“B Team, you mendacious monkeys!” The rules of extreme shall end their streak of luck. “We’re here, and we’re next.”
WWE takes it to the Extreme!
Two alphas fight for supremacy, two frenemies reunite, and two men go for no less than 30 minutes to decide who is the rightful Intercontinental Championship, and that’s only some of what’s in store for tonight. The Goddess and Irresistible Force go to the Extreme with the namesake match. A Prizefighter is stuck in a cage with a Monster! And a Bulgarian Brute looks to be better than Phenomenal in his first world title match! Who will be victorious on this 10th anniversary of Extreme Rules!?
Raw Tag Team Championships: The Deleters of Worlds VS The B Team!
The undefeated “Best” Team of Monday Night Raw wishes to mock and belittle the WOKEN Wisdom of the Consumer of Terrestrial Entities and the vessel known as Matt Hardy. However, this only served to raise the ire of both eternal beings, and now there must be RETRIBUTION! Will Axel & Bo be EATEN, DELETED and DEFEATED!?
The bell rings and we start with Hardy and Bo. Bo swings on Hardy but Hardy throws forearms and headbutts in return. Hardy whips Bo hard, then whips him again. Bo goes down, but Hardy rains down rights and lefts. Hardy drops a leg, then covers, TWO. Bo rolls out to regroup with Axel, then talk strategy. Hardy dares Bo to “Fight me!” Bo returns, but Bray wants in. Fans like that, so Hardy tags him in! Bray and Bo circle, Bo saying he’s not afraid. But Bo keeps his distance, and tags in Axel. Fans boo, but Bo just grins. Axel circles with Bray, but Brya puts him in a corner to unleash! Bray reels him in for a big lariat, then stares Bo down. Bray rains right forearms to Axel’s head, then grinds Axel down as he grins at Bo. He whips Axel to then headbutt him down.
Bray stomps Aexl’s hand, then whips Axel in. Axel dodges and stomps Bray back. Axel runs but into Bray’s lariat! Tag to Hardy and Hardy fires off on Axel. Hardy brings Axel around for DELETE buckle bumps, all three levels! DELETE clothesline in the corner, then another! Another! Hardy goes for but Axel denies the bulldog, onlt to run into a boot. Hardy hops up, for an elbow drop. Cover, TWO! Hardy calls for the Twist, but Axel blocks the kick. Axel fights off the Side Effect, then chokes Hardy against ropes. Bo adds a cheap shot, then tags in. The B Team hammer and stomp away, but stop at 4. Fans duel while Bo brings Hardy up for a clothesline. Cover, ONE, but Bo wraps Hardy up in a chinlock.
Hardy endures while fans continue to duel. He stands up, then fights out with body shots. Bo backs him down to the corner, then tags in Axel. The B Team clothesline and DDT Hardy down, cover, TWO! Axel drags Hardy up for a knee and an armlock. He grinds a forearm in Hardy’s face but fans rally up. Hardy stands up and fights back with haymakers, but Axel knees low. Axel whips but ends up in the Side Effect! Fans rally again as both men crawl for their corners. Hot tags to Bo and Bray! Bray rallies, palm strikes pushing Bo back. He runs corner to corner for a big corner splash! Bray sets up Sister Abigail but has to kick Axel out. Bo runs into a yurinagi!
Fans fire up for Bray, and Bray prepares a WONDERFUL~ Spider-walk. Hardy tags in and both Deleters grab Bo. Axel comes in again, Bo takes advantage, draping neckbreaker!! Cover, The B Team wins?!
Winners: The B Team, Bo pinning; NEW Raw Tag Team Champions
Change is inevitable, but who would’ve ever thought this would happen!? The “undefeated” B Team are now champions, and can finally celebrate appropriately.
Interview with The B Team.
From losers to champions, how does this feel? How do you think it feels? How does a rainbow feel? This is unbelievable! B Team proved that the B really does stand for “best”! Will this Cinderella story miracle last for a long time? Or just until the rematch?
Backstage interview with Kurt Angle.
Pittsburgh’s own has important information in regards ot the Universal Championship. Angle has spoken with Heyman and Team Lesnar, and has found Lesnar is not interested in returning. Everyone is clearly losing their patience, but Lesnar doesn’t seem to care about anything else but Lesnar. Angle has an ultimatum: come to Raw tomorrow and decide when he’s facing a challenge, or be stripped of the title! Finally someone is looking to bring Lesnar in line. Will The Beast do what is right for WWE? Or just what’s right for himself?
Finn Balor VS Constable Baron Corbin!
The Lone Wolf was made Stephanie McMahon’s representative when it seemed Kurt Angle wasn’t fit to run Raw alone. However, Corbin has decide to make it his personal mission to belittle the Extraordinary Man. Will Corbin continue to be a downer on the inaugural Universal Champion? Or will Finn get back at the “bigger” man for thinking so little of him?
The bell rings and the two men circle. They tie up, and Finn gets a waistlock. Corbin backs him down to a corner, then dirties the ropebreak with a back elbow. Corbin keeps on Finn with more elbows, then mockingly applauds the Too Sweet. He forearms Finn down, then grinds his boots into Finn on the mat. Corbin backs off at 4 to then knee Finn in the stomach. He stalks Finn, then brings him up to whip. Finn reverses, Corbin sunsets but Finn rolls through to dropkick back! Finn grabs Corbin in a facelock but Corbin powers him to a corner. Corbin unleashes clotheslines, but fans rally for Finn. Corbin mocks Finn for being “too small”, then puts him in a half-nelson chinbar. Finn endures while fans continue to rally.
Finn fights his way up but Corbin wrangles him back down. Corbin talks trash as he grinds Finn down. Fans keep rallying and Finn keeps fighting. Finn pries his way out but Corbin knees Finn low. Corbin pie-faces Finn so Finn punches Corbin! Finn dodges but Corbin slides out and in to clothesline Finn down! Cover, TWO! Corbin grows frustrated already, so he stomps Finn in the back. He grinds his heel into Finn, then elbows him again. Corbin clobbers Finn with a forearm, and eggs Finn on. He puts Finn in a corner, but misses. Finn shoulders from the apron, but his slingshot is intercepted with a powerful haymaker! Corbin drags Finn over, covers, TWO! Corbin puts Finn back in the half-nelson, but fans say “Corbin Sucks!”
Finn endures, but can’t get up as Corbin puts his weight on him. Fans rally up and Finn tries again. Finn fights out, but is put in the corner. Finn boots Corbin away, then builds speed to rally! He runs into Corbin’s boots, but then swing kicks Corbin down. Finn climbs up! But Corbin grabs him from the top, to bring him down, for the Choke Slam Backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Corbin argues with the referee, but he has to accept it was only a two. Finn crawls to a corner, but Corbin stalks up behind him. Corbin throws furious forearms on Finn, but backs off at the ref’s count. He runs back in for a big clothesline, then another. Corbin comes in but has to slide out again. Finn sees him coming and slingblades! Finn lines it up but runs into a DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO!
Corbin is shocked and frustrated, but Finn is definitely tougher than Corbin gave credit. Fans rally up but Corbin grabs Finn again. Corbin drives in more elbows, then prepares a powerbomb. Finn slips out, trips Corbin up, for double stomps! Then hits the blasting dropkick! Corbin goes down again, so Finn goes up again! But Corbin trips him up again, and reels him in. Finn escapes to small package, Finn wins!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall
The Constable is furious to say the least, but he let Finn surprise him. Finn gets a win, but is this fight against authority only just beginning?
The Bludgeon Brothers attack Team Hell No!
Harper has Daniel Bryan and throws him into a garage door. As for Kane, he’s stuck in a regular door, and Rowan uses his hammer! The door is like a nutcracker on Kane’s ankle! The Big Red Machine writhes in pain while Bryan crawls to him. Paige summons refs and medical attention, but is the SmackDown Tag Team Championship match in question now?
SmackDown Women’s Championship Shark Cage Match: Carmella w/ James Ellsworth (in a Shark Cage) VS Asuka!
Yes, you are reading that correctly. After the Chinless Misogynist returned to screw over the Empress of Tomorrow in her match against the Princess of Staten Island at Money in the Bank, this is the only way to keep his nose out of the action. Can Asuka make Carmella put her money where her mouth is and actually prove she’s better? Or will the truth be revealed: NO ONE is ready for Asuka!!
While the FABULOUS Champion is confident as could be, Pretty Jimmy Dream isn’t so sure about being inside a cage of steel bars high above the ring. But he has no choice, as staff prep the cage and put Ellsworth inside. That aside, the belt is raised, as is the chinless pinata, and we begin.
Carmella and Asuka circle while Carmella taunts and brags. But Asuka kicks and knees away on Carmella, to then snapmare and kick Carmella in the back. Asuka scoops but Carmella slips out to drive her down. Carmella signals to Ellsworth to throw her something, and he drops one of his silver chains! But Asuka expected something like this, and she’s right on the chain with a stomp. Carmella realizes she’s in trouble, and she gets a sliding kick! Cover, TWO! Asuka gives point blank hip attacks, but Carmella scrambles to a corner. Carmella kicks and stomps Asuka down, then crawls for that chain. The referee stops her this time, so she shouts for Ellsworth to give her another item. She catches the spray, but Asuka is ready for that, too! Asuka back hands and fires off strikes.
Asuka runs and dropkicks Carmella down. She drags Carmella up but Carmella fights back, only to get the pop-up knee. Asuka runs for the hip attack! Cover, TWO! Ellsworth grows worried while Asuka gives Carmella a shoulder breaker. Asuka gets the chicken wing, Asuka Lock! Carmella saves herself with a ropebreak. Carmella stays safe on the apron and outside the ring while Ellsworth picks the lock! Asuka chases Carmella and snap suplexes her on the floor. There is Champion’s Advantage, so Asuka gets Carmella up. She throws Carmella into barriers, but Ellsworth is FREE! And dangling from the cage! He’s stuck by his bandana-pants! He’s truly a pinata now, and Asuka decides to have some fun. She kicks away at Ellsworth’s back, hoping to break him open. She even dropkicks him!
Staff work to get Ellsworth freed so they can send him back up, but Asuka just wants after him! She kicks the staffers out, except for the one that runs away. Asuka kicks away at Ellsworth’s butt, but the referee backs her down. Carmella slithers in, and pushes Asuka into the cage!! Cover, Carmella wins!
Winner: Carmella, by pinfall; still SmackDown Women’s Champion
It wasn’t what anyone expected, but Carmella found another way to steal a win. She raises her title up while Asuka comes to. What other ways will Carmella use Ellsworth as a means to an end?
Asuka fires off on everyone!
She attacks the staffers, then aims for Ellsworth. Ellsworth begs for mercy, but gets none from the Empress. She fires off hands and feet on the Chinless Narcissist, and gives him German Suplexes for good measure. Buzzsaw! Then, ASUKA LOCK! Ellsworth taps, but it doesn’t matter. Will Carmella suffer the wrath of Asuka herself some day?
WWE United States Championship: Jeff Hardy VS Shinsuke Nakamura!
The Charismatic Enigma took issue with the King of Strong Style using him as an example in Nakamura’s hunt for the WWE Championship. Now Hardy finally gets a chance at revenge, with the title on the line. Will he get satisfaction? Or a #Knee2Face?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Nakamura low blows Hardy behind the referee’s back! The referee sees Hardy went down, but he can’t do anything about Nakamura’s cheap shot now. Hardy is gasping, but doesn’t want this match to end before it begins. Certainly not over something like that. He insists the match happen, the bell rings, KINSHASA!! Cover, Nakamura wins!!
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura, by pinfall; NEW WWE United States Champion
How dirty can you get?! Nakamura has his first title on the main roster, but certainly someone will have something to say about it. Will Nakamura feel good about himself come SmackDown?
But here comes Randy Orton!
The Viper is a former US Champion in his own right, and has had issue with Nakamura at times. Orton stares Nakamura down but Nakamura gets clear of the ring. Nakamura may be champion now, but will he have to deal with the Apex Predator hunting him for the rest of the Summer? Hardy flounders up and gets Orton’s attention, but Orton simply brings him down to stomp the crotch! It seems Orton is friend to no one. What won’t he do to get back the title that brought him his Grand Slam?
Steel Cage Match: Braun Strowman VS Kevin Owens!
The Monster in the Bank has bullied the obnoxious Prizefighter week in and week out, but doesn’t Kevin kinda deserve it? But now, to settle this one way or another, there’s no more hiding inside the four walls of steel! Will Kevin win, lose or simply survive Strowman tonight?
The bell rings, and Kevin climbs! Strowman yanks him down, but Kevin climbs up the other side. Strowman throws Kevin down again, and Kevin gets to a corner. Kevin boots Strowman away but can’t get away. He goes for the door, but Strowman stops him again. Strowman knows it’s “Fight Owens Fight” but Kevin’s being a coward. He dares Kevin to fight him, so Kevin tries. Kevin throws hands but Strowman shove shim down. Strowman misses in the corner and Kevin clubs away on him. Strowman throws Kevin away, then boots him down on the run. Kevin stands up and dodges Strowman! SUPERKICK! Strowman’s down, here comes the Cannonball senton!
Kevin climbs up, but not to climb the cage. FROG SPLASH! Cover, ONE!! Kevin put up a fight but he didn’t finish Strowman. He decides to take it easy and crawls for the door. But Strowman grabs him and drags him away from the door. Kevin begs for mercy, but then throws hands. Strowman just gives Kevin a clubbing forearm! Then he throws Kevin into the cage. Fans want it “One More Time!” so Strowman obliges. Kevin goes down in a heap, but fans still want “One More Time!” Strowman gives fans what they want, he throws Kevin again! He then drags Kevin up by his beard, for the scoop, to toss Kevin face-first at a wall. Strowman wants Kevin to stand as fans chant “Get These Hands!”
Kevin slowly stands, but Strowman scoops him again. Kevin slips out, boots Strowman back, then hits a Stunner! Strowman goes down, and Kevin crawls for the door! But Strowman gets his feet again. Kevin kicks at Strowman, crawls, but Strowman stands on him, to slam the door on his face. Kevin is dazed and vulnerable as Strowman takes aim. Strowman runs in, but misses! Kevin hits a SUPERKICK! And a SUPERKICK! Then he produces handcuffs to trap Strowman in that corner. Strowman fights against the cuffs, but Kevin kicks Strowman while he’s vulnerable. “That’s what you get!” Kevin shouts as he throws more hands. “What’re you gonna do now, huh?” CHOKE SLAM!
Strowman turns his attention back to the cuffs, but they’re sturdy. Kevin crawls to the opposite side of the ring, then tells Strowman to “Suck It!” Kevin climbs and blows a kiss, but Strowman breaks the chain! Strowman rushes over and catches up to Kevin! They’re both atop the cage! Strowman grabs Kevin, and looking down at the gruond, THROWS Kevin!! Kevin hits table, but that means he wins!
Winner: Kevin Owens, by escape
Fans lose their minds as Strowman glares down at Kevin. Strowman doesn’t care about winning, so long as he’s the one standing. He roars with victory and fans chant “Get These Hands!” Will Strowman finally stop targeting Kevin?
Medics bring a stretcher out.
Kevin can’t stand, let alone walk, so he is placed on the body board and the stretcher itself. Strowman mockingly announces the result himself, then enjoys himself as he walks out of the arena. Kevin “won”, but will he be lucky to return to Raw any time soon?
SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Bludgeon Brothers VS Team Hell No!
Harper & Rowan didn’t want to wait for this match to fight Daniel Bryan & Kane, so they did it backstage. Bryan was thrown around like a rag doll while Kane’s ankle was crushed between door and frame. Will Team Hell No’s PPV return be ruined already?
Somehow, Daniel Bryan is able to make his entrance, but it doesn’t look like Kane can. This looks to be an unofficial handicap match now. Does Bryan stand a chance?
The bell rings and Bryan goes right at Rowan! Rowan shoves Bryan away but Bryan dodges to kick away. Rowan shoves him again, but Bryan is ready. Bryan dodges again with fans rallying behind him. Bryan keeps his distance, then dodges to kick away on Rowan. Rowan knees low, then whips Bryan, but Bryan kicks him away. Bryan runs but gets run over, and Rowan brings Bryan to the Bludgeon corner. Rowan stomps away, then tags to Harper. Harper climbs up while Rowan lifts Bryan. Bryan fights out, then slips out, and dropkicks Harper. Bryan dropkicks Rowan out of the ring! Then he climbs up to join Harper and throw hands on the top rope. SUPER Steiner throws Harper, then a dropkick wrecks Rowan. Harper misses the discus, into the YES Lock!
But Rowan drags Bryan off the hold and to the floor. Rowan tags in, then drags Bryan back up to put him into steel steps. Harper goes after Bryan, scoop slam senton! Rowan puts Bryan in the ring, then runs for the splash! Cover, TWO! Bryan has heart, but Rowan has a partner. Rowan tags Harper back in, and the Brothers mug Bryan on the mat. Fans chant for Kane to appear, but Bryan endures a throat chop and a snapmare to forearm shot. Harper tags Rowan, and they grind Bryan down more. Rowan stands Bryan up for a pumphandle backbreaker! Rowan scoop slams Bryan, then covers, TWO. Bryan sits up but Rowan is on him with raking fingers. Tag to Harper, and he drops elbows on Bryan. Cover, TWO, and fans keep cheering for Bryan.
Harper brings Bryan up, Rowan tags in to mug him more. Tag back to Harper, and 2B double whip. Bryan holds ropes then dumps Rowan out. Harper runs in but Bryan fires off punches and kicks. Harper knees low then whips, but Bryan goes up and over. Bryan runs, to DIVE on Rowan! Only for Rowan to catch him. Harper runs, DIVES, but Bryan dodges! Rowan takes the hit and both Bludgeon Brothers go down! And here comes Kane!
Even with a brace on his foot, the Devil’s Favorite Demon hobbles out to support his friend. Kane endures the pain of just walk, and gets to the Hell No corner. Harper grabs at Bryan but Bryan crawls for the corner. Bryan shoves Harper away, hot tag to Kane! Kane rallies on one leg with his big uppercuts. Rowan runs in, but into a CHOKE SLAM! Harper gets a CHOKE SLAM, too! Kane slashes his throat, calling for the Tombstone. He scoops but that leg gives out. Harper mule kicks the leg, but Bryan tags back in. Bryan leaps for missile dropkick! He kips up and fires up, as does Pittsburgh! Bryan gives Harper YES Kicks!
“YES! YES!” echoes out over and over, faster and faster. Bryan aims, and hits the buzzsaw! Rowan tags in, but Bryan doesn’t see it. He adjusts, but runs into Rowan. Rowan sends Bryan into Kane, then heel kicks Bryan down. Harper tags back in, and they prepare DOOMSDAY! Cover, Bludgeon Brothers win!
Winners: The Bludgeon Brothers, Harper pinning; still SmackDown Tag Team Champions
A wounded Team Hell No falls to the apocalyptic duo. If Kane & Bryan can be 100% next time, will it be a different result?
Roman Reigns walks backstage.
The B Team’s celebration flies in. If they can do it, he can do it! He can even join them! All he has to do is beat Bobby! Right? Yeah? Huh? No? Okay. The Big Dog goes to defend his Yard from a new Alpha Male, but will he put the B in “beat Bobby”?
Roman Reigns VS Bobby Lashley!
Both men think they’re the only one worthy of challenging The Beast, Brock Lesnar, but they both take offense to what the other man thinks. Who will prove themselves as “The Guy” to stand atop the WWE?
The bell rings and the two big men tie up. Lashley powers Roman to a corner, then around the side. Roman manages to turn it around to put Lashley in the corner, but neither man wants to break. The referee forces them to break and back off. They circle again, tie up again, and Lashley gets a headlock. Roman gets a waistlock but Lashley gets the standing switch. Lashley throws Roman down, then waits for him to stand up to get him again. He dumps Roman down again, then brings Roman up. Roman gets an arm wrench, but Lashley throws Roman overhead! Lashley brings Roman up again, but Roman elbows out of the waistlock. Roman runs, but Lashley leaps over him, only to get an uppercut. Roman glares down at Lashley, then throws hands.
Lashley gets to a corner but Roman throws more hands. Roman puts Lashley in another corner with a buckle bump, and throws more hands. They go to a third corner for another buckle bump. Roman throws more hands, then whips Lashley to elbow him down. Cover, TWO, but Roman keeps his cool. Roman stalks Lashley to the ropes, then he chokes Lashley against them! Lashley is down, and Roman gives him the Drive-By! Cover, TWO. Now Roman grows a bit annoyed, and drags the dazed Lashley up. Lashley fades while Roman grins. Fans boo and jeer The Big Dog while Lashley gets a second wind.
Lashley fights out but Roman rocks him with an uppercut. Roman throws Lashley out of the ring, then takes his time fetching the Dominator. He throws Lashley into barriers, then into more barriers at the timekeeper’s area. Roman refreshes the count to keep on Lashley outside. Lashley mule kicks then whips Roman, but Roman reverses. Lashley leaps over the steps but Roman pounces from behind. Roman stalks Lashley, refreshes the count, then whips him at steel steps again. Lashley hits steel this time, but Roman isn’t done with him. Roman takes the steps apart and takes aim, to thrust the steps at Lashley! Lashley catches the steps, then throws Roman off. Lashley clotheslines Roman down, then puts him in the ring.
Roman swings but misses, and Lashley runs Roman over. Lashley throws Roman overhead, then runs in corner to corner for a big clothesline. He keeps going, but runs into a boot. Roman runs, and hits the leaping lariat. Roman has Lashley in a corner for the point-blank clotheslines. He gives Lashley all ten, then runs, into a powerslam! Cover, TWO! That was close but not enough yet. Lashley decides to bring Roman up, but Roman fights back with forearms. Roman runs, but into a crossbody! Lashley doesn’t cover, he’s going up top! Lashley aims for flying double ax handle! Roman stirs but Lashley looms over him. Lashley brings Roman up, but Roman reverses with a fireman’s carry. Lashley grabs ropes, so Roman dumps him out!
The referee checks on Lashley, but somehow Lashley is okay. A 10 count begins, but reaches 5 before Lashley starts stirring. Lashley gets up at 7, and in at 9! Roman is there with a leg drop! Cover, TWO! Roman can’t believe he hasn’t put Lashley away. Lashley crawls to ropes while fans duel. Roman locks and loads, takes aim, but runs into a SPINEBUSTER! Lashley fires up now, and drags Roman up, for the vertigo suplex! He slams Roman down, covers, TWO!! That was even closer! Lashley gets up again, and takes aim at Roman now. Roman slowly stirs, coughing and gasping for air. Lashley runs in, to a SUPERMAN Punch! Cover, TWO!! Now Roman is in disbelief.
Lashley rolls out of the ring for a chance to recover. The 10 count returns, but Roman goes outside to pursue Lashley. Roman lets out his howl, builds speed around the ring, but into a belly2belly! Lashley throws Roman over the announce desk! But this won’t end it, Lashley wants more. He drags Roman up and into the ring. Lashley climbs up again, but Roman SUPERMAN Punches him down! Roman talks trash, “This is MY Yard!” He lets out another howl, runs, but into LASHLEY’S SPEAR!! Cover, Lashley wins!!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall
The Big Dog goes down! The Dominator is the true alpha of this “yard”! It doesn’t matter if it was Roman’s ego or Lashley’s heart, the former WWE ECW Champion has the biggest win since his return. Will it lead to even bigger matches and moments in the near future?
Raw Women’s Championship Extreme Rules Match: Alexa Bliss w/ Mickie James VS Nia Jax w/ Natalya!
The Goddess became Ms. Money in the Bank the night Ronda Rousey looked to defeat the Irresistible Force in their own Raw Women’s Championship match. That cash-in mid-match allowed Alexa to steal the title away from two dangerous forces in the Women’s Division, but only one snapped and beat up Alexa and Kurt Angle. Ronda has been suspended these last 27 days, but is in the front row as a fan. Will she have a smile on her face after Nia gets her shot at extreme revenge on Alexa?
At the same time, both women brought back-up, mostly because Nia knew Alexa would bring her “bestie” and the Queen of Harts is the perfect counter. Will Mickie & Natty become x-factors in this match?
The bell rings and we begin. Alexa is obviously wary of Nia already. Nia keeps her away from Mickie and that kendo stick. Alexa dodges and slaps Nia, but that only angers the former champion. Nia chases Alexa, but Alexa gets the stick! Alexa SMACKS Nia once, but then Nia takes and BREAKS the stick. Nia chases Alexa more, but Mickie feeds Alexa items. The trash can is not enough and Nia tosses it into the ring. A chair is not enough, and that ends up in the ring. The second chair and second can, same thing. The lid gets the same. Mickie feeds her a second stick but Alexa ditches that to run. Nia catches up and runs Alexa over. Nia puts Alexa in the ring with the collection of items.
Alexa grabs for the can, but Nia whips and squashes Alexa in a corner. Nia throws Alexa onto the chair and trash can! Alexa tries but fails to hit back with a chair. Nia yanks it away then stalks Alexa to a corner. Alexa swings but gets a headbutt. Nia sets up a trash can, then lifts Alexa in a fireman’s carry. Nia takes aim, trophy lifts, and throws Alexa onto the can! It flattens! And Ronda loves what she’s seeing.
Nia taunts Alexa while Mickie tries to help her. Nia puts Alexa back in the ring, then backs Mickie off. Alexa crawls but Nia is on her. Alexa smacks away with the trash can lid! Something finally affects Nia, including that crumbled can attack. Natty coaches Nia but Alexa has a chair. Alexa wedges it into the corner, then dropkicks Nia. Cover, ONE, and Alexa grows frustrated. Alexa says it’s her title, but Nia gives her a right hand. Alexa resets the chair, but Nia headbutts her down. Nia runs in, but into the chair! Alexa crawls to Mickie, who has a lid, but Natty trips her up! Natty smacks away on Mickie! Alexa helps Mickie, and they throw Natty into barriers together. Ronda gets mad, that’s her friend, too. She jumps the barriers to attack Mickie!
Ronda throws Mickie around, then into the apron. They end up in the ring, and Ronda gives Mickie a spinning slam! Ronda keeps on Mickie by throwing her into an announce desk, and then over it! Fans are fired up as Ronda glares at Alexa across the way. Ronda promised to kick her “pink-haired ass” and she chases Alexa around the ring. She catches Alexa before she can flee, but Mickie SMACKS away on Ronda with a kendo stick. Alexa returns to the ring, targeting the crawling Nia. She climbs up, but leaps into Nia’s arms! But Mickie SMACKS Nia with a chair. Alexa adds her own chair shots, then brings Nia over for a DDT onto a chair. Cover, Alexa wins!
Winner: Alexa Bliss, by pinfall; still Raw Women’s Champion
But Ronda returns! She and Natty run Alexa & Mickie off, but the damage is done. Is Ronda’s suspension going to be extended after this? Will anyone be able to get revenge on The Goddess for this?
WWE Championship: AJ Styles VS Rusev w/ Aiden English!
What day is today? Rusev Daaaaay~! But will it be a good Rusev Day? Or a PHENOMENAL Rusev Day when the Champ that Runs the Camp keeps the title in the House that AJ Styles Built?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin. Fans duel between Styles and “Rusev Day!” Rusev rushes Styles and ptus him in a corner. Styles slips out to kick and chop back. Rusev turns it around and throws Styles to rpoes. Styles dropkicks the legs, his game plan clear already. Rusev knees low then throws Styles judo style. Styles htis back but Rusev clobbers him down. Cover, ONE, but Rusev doesn’t lose focus. Rusev stomps Styles but Styles kicks the leg. Styles chops Rusev, then tries to suplex. Rusev is too strong for that, so Styles just kicks the leg again. Fans keep dueling, Styles runs, but into a spinebuster! Cover, ONE, but Rusev still looms over Styles.
Rusev snap suplexes Styles up and over, then walks it off. He brings Styles up for another suplex, then drops an elbow. Cover, ONE, but Rusev still has confidence. Rusev throws hands on Styles, then drops an elbow. Styles dodges to kick at the leg again. Styles kicks Rusev, then runs, but into a back drop! Rusev still has such power in only one good leg. Rusev stalks Styles to a corner to throw a heavy forearm into the back. He hits Styles again, then brings Styles up for a back suplex. Cover, TWO, so Rusev is getting closer.
Rusev stalks Styles, clearly going after the back the same way Styles is the leg. He lifts Styles up for a bearhug. Styles endures and fights back with forearms. Rusev knees low, then hoists Styles up top. He throws hands while positioning Styles. Styles almost falls off, but Rusev climbs up now. Rusev goes to superplex but Styles slips out to kick out the leg! Rusev tumbles to the floor! English coaches Rusev up, and Rusev crawls towards the ring. Styles takes aim, to slingshot forearm! He wipes Rusev out, but it almost takes him out, too. Styles stands and drags Rusev up, but Rusev shoves him into barriers. Rusev gets in the ring, but Styles follows. Styles throws the Phenomenal Blitz! Then the sliding forearm!
Rusev crawls away to a corner, but Styles runs in for a big clothesline. Fans duel as Styles gets Rusev up. Rusev fights out but Styles still gets him with a reverse DDT. Cover, TWO! Both men are sore but far from done. Styles gets up as best he can with a bad back. He brings Rusev up for the Clash, but that back won’t let him. Rusev powers Styles to a corner, then runs in. Styles tries a Calf Crusher but Rusev holds onto ropes! Rusev powers Styles up to the top rope to punch him off it!
Rusev scrapes Styles off the apron, and uses the count as a chance to catch his breath. He then builds speed, but runs into a forearm! Styles slowly stands, as does Rusev. Styles punches and kicks Rusev away, then takes aim. He springboards, but his 450 misses. Rusev boots Styles back, but still walks into a Calf Crusher. He rolls through, goes for Accolade, but Styles slips out. Rusev shoves Styles away but Styles kicks the leg out. Styles slides in but into Rusev’s kick! Rusev crawls over to Styles while fans duel again. He scoops Styles, but Styles slips out! Styles goes for and gets the Calf Crusher! Rusev endures the pain, and gets a ropebreak! Styles lets go, but spots English talking trash on the apron. He walks over and MC Artiste runs away. Styles gives chase, but he runs into Rusev’s overhead suplex!
Rusev puts Styles in the ring, and with one leg, MACHKA KICK! Cover, TWO!! Rusev was so close! His pain alone is reason to feel despair. But Rusev still gets up, and stomps for another. He thrusts, but Styles dodges to PELE! Rusev is dazed and on one knee, Styles runs in but into the pop-up knee and roundhouse! Cover, TWO!! So Rusev goes for the Accolade! But his bad leg won’t let him squat down! Rusev is so close, so he forces himself to do a half-Accolade! It might still be enough. Styles fights back and crawls, to get a ropebreak! Rusev lets go, so English takes matters into his own hands. English rips a buckle pad off the top rope.
Rusev fires himself up, and gets that leg moving. “Rusev, CHAMPION!” He stomps, and puts on the Accolade, but Styles slips out to then get to a corner. He gets to THAT corner, and Rusev runs in! Styles dodges, and Rusev hits the bare buckle! English’s brilliance backfires! Rusev is down and English panics. Styles gets up, gets to the apron, springboards 450!! Cover, TWO!? The Super Athlete survives, and Styles can’t believe it. But fans are loving it! Styles gets up and wrecks English with a dropkick. He then prepares the arm and takes aim at Rusev. Rusev slowly stands, Phenomenal Forearm! Cover, Styles wins!
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall; still WWE Champion
The House that AJ Styles Built STAYS AJ Styles’ House! Rusev’s first chance at a world title was truly phenomenal, but it surely won’t be his last chance. Will Rusev fight his way back towards contention? Will Styles be champion when that time comes?
Backstage Interview with Seth Rollins.
The Architect is moments away from his 30-Minute Ironman Match for the Intercontinental Championship with The Show-Off, Dolph Ziggler. Obvioulsy, Drew McIntyre will still be ringside, but Rollins knows the odds are against him. There’s Ziggler, McIntyre and time to worry about, but Rollins just has to do what he must. It could take thousands of covers, but Rollins vows to walk out the NEW IC Champion. Steel City, there’s only one thing left to do: #BurnItDown. Can Rollins do just that to take back the title?
WWE Intercontinental Championship 30 Minute Ironman Match: Dolph Ziggler w/ Drew McIntyre VS Seth Rollins!
The Kingslayer has worked on becoming The Man again, and even the Ironman in giving the WWE Universe top level performances match after match. However, it was both the wear ‘n’ tear on his body and Ziggler’s opportunistic nature that lost Rollins the belt. With the Scottish Terminator watching Ziggler’s back, can Rollins overcome? Or will he be overwhelmed instead?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised and we begin our countdown! Rollins and Ziggler circle, feeling it out. Ziggler doesn’t even have to try, he’s the champion. Rollins gets his arm, and puts it in a hammerlock, but Ziggler gets the ropebreak. Rollins lets go, and the two circle again. Ziggler lunges in to get the leg, then brings Rollins down. Rollins manages to reverse, but Ziggler reverses back. Rollins reverses again, but Ziggler gets to ropes. The referee counts for the ropebreak, and Rollins honors it. Rollins and Ziggler circle again, tie up, but Rollins rolls Ziggler. ONE, and Ziggler backs off. They go again, tie up, and Ziggler rolls Rollins. Rollins pops out to backslide, ONE. Ziggler backs off again, and Rollins grins. Ziggler kicks, but Rollins blocks to roll him up. TWO, so Rollins whips.
Ziggler sunset flips but Rollins sits, TWO. Rollins snapmares to a crucifix, TWO. Ziggler bails out to walk it off. He and McIntyre regroup, but Rollins does jumping jacks to show off his cardio. Ziggler talks strategy with McIntyre, then returns. Rollins keeps his eyes on McIntyre, but is ready for Ziggler. He punches and chops, then whips to back elbow. Cover, TWO, but Rollins keeps going with a scoop slam. Cover, TWO, but Rollins keeps on Ziggler. Rollins chops then whips Ziggler. He runs in but is put on the apron. He springboards but Ziggler dodges to throw a haymaker. Ziggler grins as he brings Rollins up. Rollins spins through to powerbomb lift, buckle bomb! Then La Mahistrol, cover, Rollins gets the first fall!
Rollins: 1; Ziggler: 0
The Architect has the lead within just five minutes! This already smashes Ziggler’s promise to shut Rollins out of this entirely. Before Ziggler can compose himself, Rollins goes after him. Ziggler elbows out but then gets brought down with a back suplex. Rollins gets to a corner and climbs up but Ziggler rolls out of the ring. Rollins changes plans to slingshot out! He wipes Ziggler out, then stares down the lurking McIntyre. Rollins whips Ziggler into barriers, then bumps him off the apron. McIntyre glares but that’s all he can do to Rollins. Rollins puts Ziggler in the ring but Ziggler is on Rollins with hammering fists. Ziggler drags Rollins up for the neckbreaker. Cover, TWO! Ziggler drops an elbow, covers, TWO.
Frustration grows while the time ticks down. Ziggler brings Rollins up, and suplexes. Rollins slips out to chop Ziggler. Rollins whips Ziggler but Ziggler kicks him away. Ziggler runs but into a lariat. Rollins rallies and whips Ziggler corner to corner. Rollins runs in for a corner forearm, then runs again, but into a dropkick! Ziggler takes out Rollins’ leg, then runs to Famouser. He misses, Rollins rolls him up, but Ziggler reverses. TWO, high stack, but deadlift powerbomb! Ziggler sunset flips through, CURB STOMP from Rollins!! Cover, Rollins gains another cover!
Rollins: 2; Ziggler: 0
Ziggler finds himself in a bad way at just 8 minutes passed. Not only has he not shut Rollins out, but he’s behind the 8-ball. Rollins takes his time now, but he might be getting cocky as he stomps “Burn it Down!” But then McIntyre attacks! That’s a disqualification, or in this case, another point!
Rollins: 3; Ziggler: 0
McIntyre wails away on Rollins with hammer fists and elbows. And he won’t stop until he’s thoroughly rocked Rollins. This puts Rollins up more, but that won’t stop him! McIntyre rams Rollins into the apron, the barrier and back again! This is all part of the same fall, but the referee EJECTS McIntyre! Ziggler’s ace is no longer useful. Or is he? Because he hits Rollins with a CLAYMORE! The clock has reached 20 minutes and counting, but Rollins is vulnerable. Ziggler crawls over, covers, and gets on the board!
Rollins: 3; Ziggler: 1
The Show-Off shakes the cobwebs out and sees time is of the essence. He needs two falls, and McIntyre has just about served Rollins up for him. Ziggler aims while Rollins stands up, SUPERKICK! Cover, Ziggler gets another point.
Rollins: 3; Ziggler: 2
McIntyre’s ejection was not in vain, because Ziggler has caught up in no time at all. Perhaps this was their plan all along. Ziggler takes aim again, stomping a la HBK, but Rollins dodges! Roll up, TWO, and Ziggler uppercuts quickly. He throws Rollins into a post! ZIG ZAG! Cover, Ziggler ties it up!
Rollins: 3; Ziggler: 3
We’re back to square one with just over 17 minutes left. But at the same time, it’s not even at all with as beat up as Rollins is from McIntyre’s attack. Ziggler aims at Rollins again, but Rollins denies another Zig Zag. He dodges the splash in the corner, then boots in another corner. Rollins climbs up, but has to jump over Ziggler. He gets the Slingblade! Ziggler flounders while Rollins fires up. Rollins clotheslines Ziggler out of the ring, then builds speed. Rollins runs into a forearm! Ziggler covers, but uses the ropes! The ref didn’t see it, Ziggler gets the point!
Rollins: 3; Ziggler: 4
The ref missed a major detail in that fall, but there’s no stopping things now. Ziggler puts Rollins in an armlock, gripping the chin, as well. Rollins endures while Ziggler goes to make it a sleeper. He fights his way out, but Ziggler wrangles him down with a facelock. Rollins fights his way up again, and pries his way out of the hold. Ziggler kicks low, but misses the haymaker. Ziggler slips out of the back suplex to jump on for a sleeper hold! He brings Rollins back down, and Rollins starts to fade.
The clock goes below 13 minutes now, but Rollins gets a second wind. Rollins gets up, fans rally up for him, but Ziggler becomes a backpack. Rollins backs Ziggler into a corner, but Ziggler keeps hold. So Rollins tries again, but facing forward! Ziggler hits buckles, then lets go of the hold. Rollins gets away while he catches his breath. Ziggler stands up, and Rollins clotheslines him out. Rollins fires up, builds speed, and DIVES! It hits! Rollins hurries to put Ziggler in the ring, but Ziggler rolls all the way out to the other side. So Rollins DIVES again!
He takes Ziggler out again, but he’s not done yet. Rollins gets Ziggler back in and takes aim from the apron. Springboard clothesline! Cover, TWO! The clock reaches 10 minutes, the final third of this match. Rollins brings Ziggler up but Ziggler elbows him away. Ziggler runs into Rollins’ boot, then Rollins hits the blockbuster! Cover, TWO! Rollins knows he has to hustle, so he heads up top. Ziggler dropkicks him all the way down! Ziggler is content to have a count out, and he ushers for the ref to count. Rollins stirs at 5, but manages to beat the count at 9.5. He stops the DDT to mule kick and Revolution Knee! Cover, TWO!
Rollins grows frustrated as he sees there’s only 8 minutes left. He hurries up top again, but Ziggler trips him up. Ziggler is in no rush, but Rollins grabs at him! Rollins drags Ziggler up to the top rope, but Ziggler fights back. Ziggler tries to make it a superplex but Rollins fights him back. Rollins headbutts Ziggler down and adjusts, for the FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Ziggler continues to deny another tie. Rollins crawls after him, but Ziggler clutches the ropes. Rollins has no choice but to stop a second, so he baseball slide dropkicks Ziggler out. He drags Ziggler up around and puts him in the ring. Rollins hoists Ziggler up top, positions him, then climbs up.
Rollins wants the superplex, but Ziggler fights back. Ziggler knocks Rollins down as we reach 5 minutes. Rollins springs back up, SUPERPLEX! Roll through to Falcon Arrow! Cover, TWO!! We’re still tied! Rollins and Ziggler slowly stir, and time continues to be Rollins’ enemy. Rollins gets up and fans chant “Burn It Down!” Mule kick but Ziggler dodges the stomp. Ziggler kicks out the leg and rolls Rollins, TOW. Rollins denies the superkick to catapult Ziggler into a post. Sunset flip, Rollins ties it back up!
Rollins: 4; Ziggler: 4
Just under 3 minutes and we’re tied again! This is still anyone’s match, and both men stand. Ziggler throws furious hands on Rollins but Rollins trips him up. Rollins goes for a Sharpshooter! And gets it! Ziggler endures, watching the clock. We hit the 2 minute warning as Ziggler crawls for the ropes. Rollins shifts to a crossface, and rolls Ziggler away from the ropes! Ziggler endures, but he can’t get anywhere. He grips the mat, drags himself around blindly, so Rollins goes to stomp. Ziggler dodges and rolls away! Rollins pursues but Ziggler tries to run away. We hit the final minute! Rollins puts Ziggler back in but Ziggler hits a FAMOUSER! Cover, TWO!! Less than 30 seconds, Ziggler knows he’s got Rollins where he wants him. Ziggler tunes up, but Rollins SUPERKICKS first! CURB STOMP! But he has to crawl for a cover! TIME’S UP!!
Result: Draw; Ziggler retains the WWE Intercontinental Championship
Time slipped through Rollins’ fingers, as has the title. Ziggler gets away by the skin of his teeth, but the fans don’t like that. Neither does Kurt Angle! The Raw GM appears to say that match was truly incredible. “But nothing is settle.” He knows the WWE Universe doesn’t want a tie, and especially not here in Pittsburgh! Therefore, this match is sudden death! Next fall wins it all, “Ring the bell!” Ziggler is stunned, but Rollins is fired back up. The bell rings again, and we begin again!
But where did McIntyre come from!? Rollins dropkicks him away, but Ziggler Zig Zags!! Cover, Ziggler wins!!
Winner: Dolph Ziggler, by pinfall; still WWE Intercontinental Champion
What happened to the ban from ringside?! Where and when did McIntyre even come out to ringside again!? Ziggler officially wins, but he officially did it with another ace up his sleeve. Will Rollins get a fair rematch next time? Or has Ziggler stolen the title away from him once and for all?
This was definitely a mixed bag of a PPV. The kickoff matches were again better than expected. Almas VS Sin Cara was fast paced as their SmackDown version, but a bit riskier with that outside huricanrana. Almas still wins to keep himself strong, but they can’t go wrong with more. The Six Man Tag Taebles match was great, as the New Day have always given us great matches. But again, SAnitY wins to keep their momentum. Then the surprise of the night opens with B TEAM WINNING. I don’t even know what to say. I knew Balor would win, he needs something for himself, and to perhaps extend the feud with Corbin. His kickoff interview promo might even set him up as the next Authority target a la Daniel Bryan.
I really like how they played with the Shark Cage match. Ellsworth trying to help Carmella was expected by everyone, including Asuka, so instead they used the cage itself to my surprise. Carmella wins, which is bad for Asuka’s booking because, c’mon, it’s Asuka! When is she gonna get her big win in this post-Streak phase of her career? But then the quick win for Nakamura makes sense in two ways: 1) It’s Heel Nakamura, of course he’s going to use the low blow somehow; 2) Hardy needs time off for recovery from his injured knee. Therefore, Nakamura can be champion while Orton surprisingly returns to throw his name into that title hunt. There can also be any number of SmackDown stars joining that title hunt, such as Almas, Samoa Joe or even Tye Dillinger to wrap up their stories into one big Summerslam match.
How is Kevin not dead? That cage spot that brought him the win could’ve been really bad, but thankfully the tables weren’t that far away. I wonder if Kevin will be off until after Summerslam, just so he won’t get beat up by Strowman anymore. And with Angle’s ultimatum to Lesnar, Strowman can move on to target The Beast. And by that, I hope Strowman cashes in the very second Lesnar appears. I did NOT think Lashley was going to beat Roman, but that match was better than Pittsburgh was willing to give credit. If it wasn’t Roman, fans would’ve enjoyed the slug fest it was. But now we can get the tease of Lashley VS Lesnar, with Strowman lurking. I did not think Bludgeon Brothers would attack before their match, but in a way, that keeps everyone strong. I hope we get a rematch on the way to Summerslam.
The Women’s Extreme Rules went roughly how I expected with Ronda getting involved, but I should’ve realized Mickie and Natalya would’ve been thrown in, too. That little wrinkle is even more reason why Alexa retains so that Ronda can go after her at Summerslam. Nia might also have a case for another try, so maybe a triple threat? I was disappointed THE WWE Championship wasn’t the main event, but the match itself was great. Rusev looks so strong, even in losing, time will tell what he does next. That Ironman match was pretty great, but the fact it was the main event almost telegraphs that it was going to sudden death. I was truly shocked McIntyre returned to screw Rollins over, but I can’t be sure Angle gives him another shot just because. Rollins has been the kind to accept earning things, so maybe he’ll fight his way back.
My Score: 8.1/10
Mitchell’s NJPW AXS Results: Wrestling Dontaku 2019 Part 2!
AXS wraps Wrestling Dontaku with TWO HOURS!
It’s the AXS finale of NJPW Wrestling Dontaku 2019!
AXS and NJPW give us TWO hours and two championship matches! Jeff Cobb defends the NEVER Openweight Championship while Kazuchika Okada defends the IWGP Heavyweight Championship!
Coverage of NJPW Wrestling Dontaku 2019 will be as broadcast by AXS TV.
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- NEVER Openweight Championship: Jeff Cobb VS Taichi; Taichi wins and becomes the new NEVER Openweight Champion.
- EVIL VS Tomohiro Ishii; Ishii wins.
- IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada VS SANADA; Okada wins and retains the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
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NJPW and AXS set the scene for this epic Wrestling Dontaku 2019 finale!
“Legacies will be defined” as The Rainmaker pushes past redemption and moves on to reestablish himself. It was through the 2019 New Japan Cup that Kazuchika Okada earned another chance at the IWGP Heavyweight Champion and Jay White, and it was at G1 Supercard that he took that title back! The now five-time champion keeps his promise of giving Cold Skull Sanada the first shot! The story of Okada and Sanada goes back to Sanada’s debut in 2016, in which he attacked Okada on Los Ingobernables de Japon leader Tetsuya Naito’s behalf. Sanada has climbed the ranks in the singles division, but is this the night he finally proves he is worthy? Or will Okada continue to prove he’s on another level?
Meanwhile, the Stone Pitbull and the King of Darkness have recently renewed a rivalry. They teamed with Okada and Sanada in a tag team match on the first night, and it went Evil’s way when put Tomohiro Ishii in the Scorpion Deathlock, a move copied from Ishii’s mentor! However, it was the referee who called the match for the sake of Ishii’s well-being, Ishii did not submit. Will Evil finally make Ishii give in? Or will Ishii get revenge for Evil adding insult to injury?
NEVER Openweight Championship: Jeff Cobb VS Taichi!
The Hawaiian Hulk has a title belt in both ROH and NJPW! But that only means more work for the Olympic wrestler, and that includes facing the Sliest Wrestler in the World, backed by Suzuki-Gun! Will all the tricks in Taichi’s book amount to nothing against the colossal cross-promotion champion?
The introductions are made, the belt is presented, and the dramatic Taichi takes his time removing his entrance gear. Miho Abe takes care of his coat but Cobb makes sure Taichi puts his knapsack down, too. Taichi does, the bell rings, and we begin!
Cobb and Taichi slowly circle. Taichi goes back to his corner to have Miho fix his hair. Cobb grows annoyed but Taichi is in the corner so he can’t be touched. They circle but then Taichi bails out to regroup with Miho, Taka Michinoku and Kanemaru. Taichi takes his time returning, all to troll Cobb. Miho gets on the apron to be a distraction, and Taichi gets in from behind! He clubs Cobb, but it only annoys Cobb more! Cobb kicks Taichi then CHOPS him! Cobb CHOPS Taichi more, but Taichi rakes the eyes! Taichi whips but Cobb reverses and things speed up. Cobb hurdles and dropkicks Taichi! Fans applaud Cobb’s agility while Taichi bails out. Cobb builds speed, but Taichi uses Miho as a shield!
Fans boo but Cobb bails out. Cobb tells Taichi to man up but Taichi still “cowers” behind Miho. Red Shoes reprimands Taichi, but he doesn’t see Kanemaru attack Cobb from behind! Kanemaru’s forearms do more to Cobb than Taichi’s. But Cobb whips Kanemaru into railing! And he throws forearms on him! Taichi uses his mic stand on Cobb! Taichi chokes Cobb while Red Shoes is down. Red Shoes gets up with help from a Young Lion, and stops Taichi. Taichi whips Cobb into railing then brings him to NJPW commentary. He bounces Cobb off the announce desks then chokes him with cables! Taichi leaves Cobb behind long enough to take the NEVER Openweight belt. Taichi holds it up as if it’s already his. Fans boo and Red Shoes shakes his head.
Cobb drags himself up and gets in the ring before a count begins, but Taichi stomps away on him. Taichi stands on Cobb’s back and head, but lets up at Red Shoes’ count. Taichi smirks as he stands Cobb up to choke him into a corner! Red Shoes counts again but Taichi lets up, only to grind Cobb’s face on ropes. Taichi smirks more as he rakes Cobb’s face! He stops at Red Shoes’ count but then brings Cobb up for a snapmare and swift kick. Cobb only gets mad and stands back up. Cobb throws big forearms on Taichi! Taichi mule kicks Cobb away, then runs in for a big corner clothesline. Taichi keeps moving, but Cobb dodges. Cobb wants a belly2belly but Taichi rakes the eyes! Taichi runs, but into a scoop to suplex! Cobb puts Taichi on the top rope, to CHOP him.
Cobb adjusts and climbs to join Taichi. Taichi holds on but Cobb gets up for a stalling SUPERPLEX! Taichi bounces up from momentum alone then flounders to a corner. Cobb slowly stands and gets himself to a corner while Taichi slowly sits up. Cobb runs in but Taichi dodges. Taichi misses his kick but Cobb chops and clotheslines with no wasted motion! Cobb whips corner to corner then runs in for a BIG elbow! Cobb fireman’s carries Taichi for a Samoan Drop! “Gochimuchi” Moonsault but Taichi dodges! Taichi kicks but misses and Cobb waistlocks. Taichi elbows free but Cobb shoves. Cobb runs but misses in the corner, Taichi hits his enziguri! Taichi brings Cobb in, but he can’t lift Cobb! He kicks away on Cobb’s face, then tries again, but that doesn’t change anything! Cobb back drops Taichi instead!
Taichi wrenches and hook kicks Cobb! Taichi hits the buzzsaw! Cover, TWO!! Cobb is tougher than that, so Taichi focuses his power. Off come the pants! Taichi aims and kicks, but Cobb deflects to hit back with a big right. Taichi kicks but it barely bothers Cobb. Neither does the next kick or the next kick. If anything, Cobb starts liking it. Cobb forearms Taichi and dares him to come back. He throws more forearms, and Taichi falls to his knees. Cobb dares Taichi to stand, and Taichi fires himself up. Taichi kicks away on Cobb’s chest, but Cobb blocks and brings Taichi in for a Fall Away Slam! Cobb runs as fans rally, but Taichi dodges to mule kick! But Cobb forearms back, so Taichi enziguris! Both men are down but fans are fired up!
Miho, Taka and Kanemaru coach up Taichi but the fans rally behind Cobb. Taichi grabs Cobb for a dragon sleeper, but Cobb powers out. Cobb arm-drags Taichi off, then scoops him for- No, Taichi gets out of the Tour for a BIG saido suplex! Taichi drags Cobb up again, dragon sleeper and armlock, but Cobb endures the “stretch bar.” Cobb reaches but Taichi cranks back. Fans rally again but Taichi shifts to a cover, TWO!! Cobb still has life and Taichi grows frustrated. Taichi stands Cobb up and brings him up in an Alabama lift. But Cobb is just too much! Cobb clubs Taichi and gut wrench suplexes! He holds on and rolls to bring him up for another! Cobb still holds on, for a PILEDRIVER! Cobb can’t cover, he’s too tired!
Fans rally as both men are down! Cobb stirs but goes the wrong way. Miho panics and almost cries for Taichi but it’s Cobb who slowly stands up. Fans duel as Cobb drags Taichi back up. Taichi is dead weight but Cobb gets him up and whips him, but Taichi boots! Taichi is alive and whips, but Cobb reverses to the Athletic Plex! Cobb drags Taichi up, throws him, but Taichi holds ropes. Taichi boots and roundhouses! And rabbit ax bombers to another enziguri! Both men are down again, and it’s Taichi who can’t make a cover! Taichi revives and fires up! He takes aim at Cobb, who staggers over. Superkick blocked, for a Tour- No, Taichi escapes, but gets a LARIAT! GACHIMUCHI! And then, a Tour of the- No, roll up! TWO!!
Taichi pushes Red Shoes to LOW BLOW Cobb! Chicken wing cradle, TWO!! Not even a kick to the balls can stop Cobb! But Taichi aims, SUPERKICK!! Then Alabama lift, BLACK MEPHISTO!! Cover, Taichi wins!!
Winner: Taichi, by pinfall; NEW NEVER Openweight Champion
For the second time ever, the Sliest Wrestler holds this belt! And most surprisingly, he barely had to cheat! Cobb is no longer champion in both ROH and NJPW, but will Cobb be back for a rematch?
EVIL VS Tomohiro Ishii!
Again, the Stone Pitbull did not submit to the Scorpion Deathlock as put on by the King of Darkness. However, he was still trapped in it with no way out. Will Ishii fall for that trap again? Or will he have an escape plan this time?
NJPW returns after the entrances and we get right to the bell!
Evil and Ishii collide, then collide, then collide. Ishii runs and bumps Evil, who comes back on the rebound, but so does Ishii! They just keep ramming into each other! Evil and Ishii each fire up as the fans fire up. Evil throws a forearm but Ishii gives it back, and repeat. They go back and forth like this, fast and furious, and the fans rally up with them! The brawl keeps going, forearm for forearm, elbow for elbow! Evil gets rocked and Ishii keeps on him. Ishii runs but into Evil’s elbow! Evil runs but they go shoulder to shoulder again! They both run, and they both collide! Evil finally knocks Ishii down!
Fans cheer while Evil catches his breath and Ishii writhes. Evil drags Ishii up to toss him out. Evil follows to club away, then whip into barriers! Ishii hits the floor but Evil doesn’t let up. Evil brings Ishii up to throw into the post! You could hear that *BING* of head hitting metal! Evil stomps Ishii then drags him back up to throw back into railing. He puts Ishii’s leg through the rails to kick! Ishii hobbles as the ring count passes 15! Evil puts Ishii in at 17 and fans cheer. Evil stomps the leg now, but Ishii eggs him on! So Evil slams the leg and puts on a toehold. Ishii endures while pulling Evil’s hair. Evil pulls back on the leg and ankle, but Ishii drags himself to a ropebreak. Red Shoes counts and Evil lets go.
Evil looms over Ishii but Ishii throws body shots. Ishii chops but it doesn’t hurt. Evil CHOPS Ishii and he staggers back! Ishii chops but Evil CHOPS! They keep going back and forth, Ishii’s chop meeting Evil’s CHOP! Ishii fires off many chops but Evil just needs one double hand CHOP to floor Ishii! Evil keeps on that leg, clearly preparing for the Scorpion Deathlock. He puts it on, but Ishii resists being turned over! Ishii slaps Evil so Evil chokes and CHOPS Ishii. Ishii just takes the chops and stands up. He wobbles over to Evil to fire off forearms, but Evil kicks the bad leg out. Evil whips Ishii to a corner but Ishii comes back with a clothesline! However, Ishii hobbles, showing that Evil’s plan is working.
Evil stands but Ishii CHOPS him in a corner. Ishii CHOPS and forearms and repeats. He whips corner to corner but Evil reverses to forearm, only to run into a powerslam! Both men are down but Ishii’s up first. Ishii drags Evil up but Evil resists the back suplex with elbows. Evil brings Ishii towards a corner but Ishii rams his shoulder in! And again and again! Ishii runs back in but into a boot, only to clothesline Evil anyway! Fans rally both ways as Ishii gets his back and legs moving. Ishii drags Evil up and hoists him onto the top rope. Ishii climbs up to join Evil, but Evil resists. Evil holds onto the crossbars so Ishii headbutts him! Ishii lifts Evil for the SUPERPLEX! He crawls to a cover, TWO!
Fans rally up as Ishii stands. Ishii wants Evil to stand, then he runs, but Evil boots the lariat and blocks the other. He passes Ishii’s kick to Red Shoes to mule kick Ishii’s leg! Evil suplexes Ishii into buckles! The Pitbull bails out of the ring but Evil pursues. Evil goes under the ring and tosses chairs around. Ishii hits back and brings Evil over. Evil blocks the suplex, but Ishii still tries. Evil suplexes to put Ishii on the rails, Anarchy Suplex! Almost a Magic Killer! Evil gets back up and grabs one of those chairs. He puts one around Ishii’s head and has the other! Red Shoes runs out to reprimand Evil but Evil shoves him away! Evil then swings and SMACKS the chair off around Ishii’s head! The Pitbull goes down while we go to break.
NJPW returns again as Evil drags Ishii up. Fans cheer as Evil wants to end this in the ring. Evil rallies the fans and takes aim at Ishii. He runs corner to corner and hits a BIG corner clothesline! Evil roars while Ishii flops to the mat. Evil drags Ishii up for a suplex and he puts Ishii on the top rope. Now Evil joins Ishii up there but Red Shoes is worried. Evil stands Ishii up, for a SUPERPLEX of his own! He crawls to a cover, TWO!! Ishii’s far tougher than that, so Evil goes after the legs! Scorpion Deathlock! Ishii endures this hold all over again, but he also powers up! He crawls himself towards the ropes but Evil sits down deeper! Fans rally as Ishii powers up again. Ishii crawls again, but Evil sits back down.
Ishii grabs at Red Shoes to keep himself from tapping, and then he gets the ropebreak! Evil lets go and wipes the sweat from his brow. Evil looms over Ishii and drags him back up. He lifts Ishii but Ishii slips out. Ishii waistlocks but Evil elbows out. Ishii swings but Evil dodges to waistlock, only for Ishii to swing again, which Evil again dodges. Evil swings but Ishii blocks, and Ishii waistlocks only for Evil to elbow out. Evil swings again, but into Ishii’s back suplex! Both men are down but fans fire up again. Evil goes after the legs again with elbows to the knee. But Ishii eggs him on! Evil mule kicks the knee but Ishii fires off forearms. Evil ROCKS Ishii with that right!
Fans rally as Ishii falls to his knees, but Evil runs. Ishii blocks a clothesline with a clothesline, then runs. Evil runs from the corner, but Ishii sees it coming and clotheslines him down! Ishii grits his teeth while fans are thunderous. He puts Evil in the Scorpion Deathlock! Evil endures the move now as Ishii sits down deep! Evil powers his way over, but Ishii cranks back harder! But Evil still gets the ropebreak! Ishii lets go and is frustrated, but he doesn’t let up. He goes after Evil again, dragging him up by his singlet. Ishii goes after a leg with a knee jammer! Evil fights off the shin breaker, then spins, but into Ishii’s elbows from all sides! Evil spins again but into another big forearm! Ishii sits Evil up for the sliding lariat! Cover, TWO!!
Fans are thunderous all over again as Ishii stands Evil up. Ishii suplexes, but Evil knees out. Evil shoves and German Suplexes! But Ishii’s up to clobber Evil! Evil headbutts and LARIATS back! Ishii flounders but Evil is up again. Evil wants another and runs, and LARIATS again! Cover, TWO!! Ishii still lives! The fans are at a fever pitch as Evil catches his breath. Evil slashes the throat to say it’s over. He drags Ishii up, spins, but Ishii slips out! Evil spins Ishii again, but Ishii gets a waistlock and German Suplex! But now Evil’s up in an instant! Only to run into Ishii’s LARIAT! ONE?! Evil hits another lariat! Then lariats collide! Both men fall over! Red Shoes checks on both men but they’re somehow okay to continue.
Fans rally up and gives both men new life. Ishii and Evil stand, and head for each other. They collide with clotheslines again, and stagger on weak legs. Evil and Ishii run and collide yet again! Evil roars and runs, but Ishii tanks the clotheslines! Ishii headbutts then forearms then headbutts Evil again! Evil falls to a knee but Ishii stands him back up, only for Evil to hook the arm! Ishii spins Evil around but Evil spins out of the full nelson to suplex Ishii! Ishii knees free and spins Evil, only for Evil to get him with a Half ‘n’ Half Suplex! Evil drags himself to a corner while Ishii slowly stands. Evil runs but gets caught! Ishii wants to steal the STO!
But Evil spins Ishii around, full nelson to fireman’s carry, but Ishii slips out, clothesline blocked! Rolling elbow hits! Enzugiri! Evil is out cold but Ishii isn’t done with him! Ishii runs and LARIATS! Cover, TWO?! Evil still lives and Ishii can’t believe it! But he won’t stop, he suplexes to the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, Ishii wins!!
Winner: Tomohiro Ishii, by pinfall
Finally, after a human demolition derby, the Stone Pitbull is victorious! Two of the toughest in NJPW went head to head and Ishii proves the tougher, but when and where will we see this match again?
NJPW Media Backstage Interviews
Ishii says “That’s what you get, facing me in a singles match.” Did Evil learn his lesson? If not, Ishii will happily teach him it again.
But then Taichi walks in to smirk at Ishii. “Oi. Congrats on earning the right to challenge me.” What? You heard Taichi right, Ishii now has the right to challenge for the NEVER Openweight Championship. So Taichi wants after Ishii, huh? Well there’s no one else, so Ishii might as well be the new #1 Contender. Be happy to be chosen. Well if Taichi wants this, Ishii’s game. No it’s about Taichi throwing the Pitbull a bone. Then ask him nicely? As if. The Pitbull should be begging. Accept it and be grateful. Yeah, Taichi seems so grateful, the way he’s treated that belt already. It was broken when Taichi got it from Cobb. Whatever. Ishii accepts the challenge. No, no, Ishii is challenging Taichi, got it? Whatever you say. Weirdo.
But it’s been awhile since Ishii’s seen that belt. Taichi just wants revenge from the New Japan Cup. Reminds Ishii of another wrestler in NJPW. But Ishii’s up for this match anytime, because the results will be the same. When and where will NJPW give us this new NEVER Openweight Championship showdown?
Hiroshi Tanahashi returns to NJPW!
The Ace has been gone since suffering an elbow injury and going through the subsequent surgery to repair it. He surprises the fans here at Wrestling Dontaku, because he has something he wishes to say.
“Tanahashi desu. I had surgery on my left elbow. The cast came off the other day, and I got my stitches out. But I wish I could have competed here.” It was a year ago that here, in Fukuoka, that the crowd was behind him. He rode that wave of energy to win the 28th G1 Climax that August. And then he won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in the Tokyo Dome. But then in February, he lost, and his losses piled up. And he feels as low as the floor right now. Fans cheer, wanting him to rise back up.
Tanahashi knows he’s starting from the bottom. But as he stands back up, he vows that on June 5th, at Ryogoku, he’ll make another comeback! He continues to say that after that, he’ll again go after the IWGP Heavyweight title! Will the Once in a Century Talent make yet another heroic return?
But wait, here comes Jay White and Gedo! Fans boo as the Switchblade takes the mic from Tanahashi. Gedo tells White some things, and then White grins at Tanahashi. Fans boo as White begins to speak. “You want the IWGP Heavyweight Championship? You think you deserve the IWGP Heavyweight Championship?” The line starts behind White, and Tanahashi is at the back, even behind Hirooki Goto! White is the REAL champion, and it doesn’t matter who wins between Okada and Sanada, White’s turn is next. “Do you understand me?” Gedo makes a move on Tanahashi, but it’s just so White can get his cheap shot in! White stomps Tanahashi as fans boo and the bell rings. White rains down rights then stomps him more.
Gedo ups the ante by bringing out chairs! White grabs one and puts it around Tanahashi’s newly recovered arm! He grabs the other chair, but Young Lions save Tanahashi! White fights them off but Tanahashi is safe from further harm. White picks up the mic again to tell Tanahashi, “I am next!” Fans boo White and cheer Tanahashi. Will the Switchblade and The Ace settle things in the ring to decide who really is next to face the top champion in NJPW? For that matter, we still have the main event to go. Who will be the top champion in NJPW after the dust settles?
NJPW and AXS advertise G1 Climax 29!
Mark your calendars, because on July 6th, 2019, AXS will begin coverage of the Summer’s major heavyweight tournament! The biggest and best of NJPW will once again compete in a round robin tournament to crown a #1 Contender to the IWGP Heavyweight Championship!
IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada VS SANADA!
The Rainmaker’s redemption was completed in Madison Square Garden during the history G1 Supercard event! Now Okada returns to give Cold Skull first crack at this fifth title reign. With the Switchblade already calling his shot, who will have the Bullet Club’s cutthroat leader targeting them through the Summer?
The introductions are made, both men take off their elaborately decorated jackets, and the belt is presented. The bell rings and fans are already thunderous as we begin!
Okada and Sanada hear the fans duel before circling. They approach and watch the other closely. Okada backs off so Sanada does the same. They circle again and tie up. Okada waistlocks but Sanada wristlocks and standing switches. Okada switches back but Sanada drops to an armlock. Sanada waistlocks but Okada wrenches free. Okada wrenches more but Sanada reverses it back. Okada rolls and trips up Sanada, and gets the toehold. Sanada endures as Okada cranks back. Sanada tries to chinlock but Okada cranks again. But Sanada manages to sit up and gets Okada’s arm, but Okada blocks the armbar. Okada rolls but Sanada denies a cover. Okada has the leg for a standing toehold, but Sanada works on an escape. Sanada rolls and rolls and breaks free, and fans applaud.
Okada backs off and takes his time circling with Sanada. Sanada and Okada go again, and Okada rolls to get the wristlock. He brings Sanada to the mat then back up for a wrench. Okada gets both arms for a standing stretch, but Sanada endures. Sanada goes to power up but Okada brings him back around. Okada digs his head into Sanada’s back, but Sanada works on turning it around. Sanada and Okada struggle but Okada gets it back. Sanada tries again, and though he gets it, Okada quickly turns it back around. Okada throws Sanada down but Sanada throws Okada from the mat. Okada rolls Sanada, ONE! Sanada rolls Okada, ONE! Okada sweeps Sanada but Sanada gets off to sweep. Okada gets out and both men knip up!
Fans cheer as these two are evenly matched to this point. Okada and Sanada have to nod in respect to the other, too. They circle again and tie up. They stare down as they shift from knuckle locks to collar and elbow. Okada puts Sanada on the ropes, and Red Shoes calls for the break. Classic Okada fakes the chop to pat Sanada’s shoulder. But Sanada comes back with fiery kicks and forearms! Sanada whips but Okada reverses, and boots Sanada to a snapmare. Okada runs and basement dropkicks Sanada down! Okada catches his breath while Sanada checks his head. The champ stands Sanada up and laces the arm through for a modified stretch. Sanada endures but Okada lets go.
Okada brings Sanada around to scoop slam him, then slingshot senton! Sanada clutches his ribs while Okada takes his time returning. Cover, ONE, but Okada keeps on Sanada with a chinlock. Sanada endures the knee in his neck while Okada pulls back. Sanada works on an escape but Okada just brings him back. Fans duel as Sanada works his way back up. Sanada elbows free but Okada clubs him on the back. Okada whips and runs in, but Sanada boots him away. Sanada dropkicks Okada’s legs out! Okada grits his teeth and clutches his knee. Sanada brings Okada up, blocks Okada’s kick, and trips Okada up! Okada pushes him away but runs into a huricanrana! Sanada rolls through to get the arms and legs!
Okada powers out of Paradise and speeds things up, but Sanada dropkicks the leg again! Dragon screw, to Paradise! Fans cheer as Sanada hears them out. Fans duel and rally as Sanada takes aim from a corner, to kick Okada out of Paradise! Cover, TWO, but Sanada keeps cool. Sanada chinlocks but Okada endures. Okada works on an escape but Sanada elbow drops him down. Sanada puts the chinlock on again, but Okada reaches for ropes. Sanada wrangles Okada away and cranks back on the chinlock. Okada scrambles and uses his long legs to get the ropebreak! Sanada lets go but comes back to bring Okada up. He puts Okada in a corner to whip corner to corner. He hits a back elbow then snap suplexes Okada down! Cover, TWO!
Sanada keeps his cool while bringing Okada up again. Okada hits low with a shoulder, then throws forearms. Okada runs but into Sanada’s elbow! Sanada moonsaults but Okada dodges to hit a running uppercut! Both men are down but fans continue to cheer. Okada sits up first, and he runs at Sanada to rally with forearms and elbows! He whips but Sanada reverses. Okada dodges but so does Sanada, but then back to Okada and he runs Sanada over with an elbow! Fans fire up with Okada and whips Sanada corner to corner. Okada hits a back elbow to DDT! Cover, TWO! The champion is still in control while we go to break.
NJPW returns and Okada aims at Sanada on the outside. Okada slingshots but Sanada trips him up. Sanada whips Okada but Okada reverses to send Sanada into barriers! Then he boots him over! Okada fires the fans up as he gets space. He runs back to FLY and crossbody Sanada into more barriers! Both men are down and Red Shoes checks on them both. Okada clutches his leg again, that leap was double-edged. A 20-count begins and passes 10 before Okada stands. Okada drags Sanada up but brings him to ringside at 17! He gets Sanada in at 18 and fans cheer that he wants to end this in the ring. Okada still clutches that leg but manages to stand.
Okada drags Sanada up again to scoop slam him down. He goes to a corner and climbs up, but has to leap over Sanada. He uppercuts Sanada then runs, but Sanada hurdles and dropkicks Okada out of the ring! Now Sanada slingshots and wipes Okada out! Fans fire up as Sanada walks off the pascado. Sanada takes a lap around the ring while Okada is still down. Sanada returns as the 20-count begins again. He lets it reach 10 before bringing Okada up. He puts Okada in at 14 and covers, TWO! Sanada keeps his cool and brings Okada back up. Okada blocks the back suplex and elbows Sanada off. Okada runs but Sanada reels him in. Sanada suplexes but Okada lands on his feet. Okada swings but into the dragon sleeper! But he arm-drags out to flapjack Sanada down!
Both men are down, catching their breath and clutching their legs. Fans rally up and Okada forces himself to stand. Sanada follows but Okada boots him. It doesn’t have as much power, so Sanada boots. Okada blocks it and throws uppercuts to then go for a lift. Sanada fights out, but Okada blocks the boot. Sanada blocks Okada’s boot to give him a forearm. Okada staggers into a boot, then a rolling sabat! Sanada whips but Okada reverses, only for Sanada to fake out the dropkick! Sanada fireman’s carry but Okada slips out. They trade standing switches and Okada German Suplexes, but Sanada lands on his feet! Sanada whips but Okada reverses again, but Sanada tumbles and springboards to missile dropkick Okada down! Fans fire up again as the tide looks to be turning.
Okada gets to a corner and fans duel again. Sanada runs in but is popped up to the Air Raid Crash neckbreaker! Okada catches his breath but he crawls over to Sanada. He positions Sanada before climbing up top again. Okada leaps, Macho Elbow hits! But he’s not done there, Okada hits the Rainmaker pose! Okada drags Sanada up and wristlocks, but Sanada drops down to roll Okada! TWO, and Okada has a cover! TWO and Sanada has it back, TWO! Okada sunset flips, TWO! Sanada sits on Okada, TWO! Okada again, ONE, Sanada jackknifes! TWO, Sanada drop toeholds Okada to a leg nelson, Japanese Clutch, TWO!! Okada has Sanada in a cobra clutch! Sanada endures and flails while fans rally again.
Sanada sits up and Okada drags him up, to wring him out! But Sanada dropkicks the clothesline away! Sanada drags Okada up to whip but Okada reverses to hit his dropkick now! Okada drags Sanada back up, gut wrench but Sanada wriggles to the dragon sleeper! Sanada drops back but Okada rolls through to gut wrench! Tombstone piledriver! But Okada isn’t done, because he still needs his namesake. He wrings Sanada out but Sanada spins to Salida, into the dragon sleeper! Okada endures and maybe even fades under the first part of Skull End! But Okada fights back up and scoops, only for Sanada to counter lift to Anarchy Suplex! Just like Evil earlier, Sanada gets a Magic Killer style move!
Fans duel again as Okada and Sanada sit up. They might even be turning towards Sanada more. Sanada drags Okada up, double chicken wing to the Tiger Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO!! Okada escapes but barely! Sanada keeps on him, scoop and backbreaker. He goes to a corner and climbs up, Moonsault! But he lands on his feet as Okada evades! Sanada staggers back, one of his knees buckling. He still runs at Okada, only to get a boot. Sanada tries again, but into another boot. Okada runs out but Sanada dodges the shotgun. Sanada spins but int a spinning Rainmaker! Okada roars as he drags Sanada back up, wristlock but Sanada full nelsons to another Salida! Okada blocks this one, so Sanada uses the buckles for the climb! He has the Skull End dragon sleeper again!
Okada endures but Sanada takes him for a swing! Then drops down for the body scissors! Skull End in full, but Okada refuses to quit! Red Shoes checks as Okada fades, but Okada revives. Okada flails with his arms then pops out! Sanada keeps the body scissors to get the sleeper with the other arm! He cranks back hard as fans duel and rally. Okada endures and flails again, not fading out. Red Shoes watches Okada like a hawk, but Okada pops out again. Sanada fights to get the head again but Okada crawls for ropes. Okada reaches, but Sanada wrangles him away with a wristlock! Skull End returns a third time, but Okada still flails. Red Shoes checks, his arm drops once. It drops again. Sanada gives up the hold to drag him over?! MOONSAULT to the back! And then again, to knees!!
Both Sanada and Okada are down again! Fans are thunderous again as they duel and rally. Sanada and Okada are exhausted but still push themselves back up. They head for each other, and grind forehead to forehead. Okada throws an elbow, but Sanada returns it. Okada gives Sanada another, but again Sanada gives it back. Another forearm from Okada, and another forearm from Sanada as they stand. Okada, Sanada, repeat. They pick up speed, but Okada dazes Sanada. Okada keeps hitting him, but Sanada refuses to fall. Okada hits Sanada a third time, but Sanada gives him an uppercut! Sanada shakes the sweat from his hair as fan return to a fever pitch. He drags Okada up for another heavy uppercut! Okada falls to his knees, but Sanada brings him back up.
Sanada throws another but Okada backslides! Sanada rolls of and dodges the rainmaker! He waistlocks but Okada bucks him off. Okada runs to shotgun dropkick Sanada down! Okada watches Sanada in the corner, then runs in, only to get elbows! Sanada springboard moonsaults to a dragon sleeper! But Okada uses the buckles to turn it around! Okada has the dragon sleeper, then gut wrenches! But Sanada wiggles to battle over the gut wrench! He gets Okada up, but Okada wiggles and flails! Okada manages to get the gut wrench back! But Sanada slips up and around to a waistlock. Okada tries but can’t buck Sanada off, and Sanada gets the dragon sleeper!
Okada endures again but flips over as Sanada drops back. He drags Sanada up but Sanada dodges! Sanada wrings Okada out but Okada still tries! Sanada ducks that clothesline, to wring Okada out and steal the Rainmaker! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives his own move! Sanada finally shows frustration, but then he vows to end it. He drags Okada back up, cravat to Salida, but Okada slips out. Okada spins but Sanada blocks to then spin for a roaring elbow! Cravat, Sliced Bread, but into a SPINNING TOMBSTONE! And the TRUE Rainmaker!! Cover, Okada wins!!
Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall; still IWGP Heavyweight Champion
The first defense of this fifth reign and The Rainmaker is STILL the top champion in NJPW! Okada goes 6-0 against Sanada all-time, but it gets tougher and tougher each time! Will we get to see lucky number 7 in the future? Will Sanada finally break through? Or is Okada just on too high a level?
Okada offers a hand to Sanada to help him up. Sanada declines, helping himself up. However, Sanada does take the hand in a small handshake, to then give a fist bump. It sounds like there will be a seventh round one day, we can only wait and see.
NJPW skips to after Okada is again wearing his IWGP Heavyweight Championship belt, to when Okada takes up the mic. “Sanada-san! At the signing ceremony, you honored me by calling me your rival.” That made Okada very happy. So in front of Hakata, he wants to say something to Sanada: he is Okada’s rival, too! Their story has just begun! “But I’m not gonna lose.”
Okada addresses the fans again as he notes “We have changed over from the Heisei Era to Reiwa.” What do the NJPW fans think? Hard to tell. But Okada wonders who will entertain the pro-wrestling world in this Reiwa Era. Okada promises he’ll bring the excitement. He vows to be the star of the new era for the true fans! He’ll bring the heat! “As the 69th IWGP Heavyweight Champion, I will keep the new era exciting.” As long as he’s NJPW’s top champion, he’ll- Wait, the lights go out! A video plays. Is that… CHRIS JERICHO!? The dark clown that Y2J has become says “I’m the Painmaker! And on June 9th at Dominion in Osaka, I will challenge for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship! And I’m gonna win.” Jericho shouts he’ll win, but then hushes himself. Y2J is returning to NJPW and aiming for the top!!
Okada just tells Jericho, “Bring it on, you bastard!” Because Okada vows HE will win! Okada will win and return as champion, to again make it rain! Will Okada continue to be the best in NJPW by beating the Best in the World at What He Does? Or will Jericho completely turn NJPW upside-down at Dominion?
One hour of NJPW on AXS alone is great, so two hours is amazing! Especially when they know how to properly book surprises. I didn’t think Taichi would win the NEVER Openweight Championship off of Jeff Cobb in a mostly clean way. Sure he had Miho be his distraction and his shield, but the Suzuki-Gun antics weren’t even deciding factors this time. Well, an argument can be made that they amounted to something, especially the low blow. But for the most part, Taichi managed to just keep on Cobb until Cobb couldn’t get up. At the same time, Cobb being a dual ROH and NJPW champion wasn’t going to last forever, so it was a good move to make it someone mostly unexpected. Now Taichi VS Ishii will be a good first defense for Taichi, I’m just not sure Taichi survives.
For that matter, Ishii VS Evil was insane. It really was just a demolition derby slug fest type fight, and that’s exactly what it should’ve been. Ishii wins not just because he’ll challenge Taichi but because that was the story of him and Evil. Evil got him last time with the Sharpshooter, and that was a great part of the match’s story, but for that reason, Ishii survives the hold and puts Evil away with a standing finisher. And with another G1 Climax on the horizon, Evil can snap back in the NJPW Heavyweight ranks with an impressive showing. I’m honestly surprised Tanahashi is making another comeback, but NJPW without him would also seem odd. White obviously wants to finish Tanahashi for good, that’s another good story going into G1 Climax 29.
NJPW is also building stars properly. Sanada’s history with Okada has been building over the last three years, and it clearly works in getting fans behind Sanada as we heard from the Fukuoka fans. Okada VS Sanada VI, the longest and best match so far of their series, and I really do look forward to a seventh. If anything, the day Sanada beats Okada is the day Sanada reaches that heavyweight/world championship level. He will be the face of NJPW one day, but not until Okada stops. Okada has been such a strong force in NJPW and with that heavyweight championship, he’s almost the NJPW John Cena or Randy Orton. If it weren’t for his matches always being great, I’d say he should move on. If anything, he should still think about going after a different title once this fifth reign ends.
Jericho returning to NJPW is also great, Okada VS Y2J at Dominion will be great, but I don’t think Jericho is the one to end this fifth reign, and certainly not at this point. Beating Jericho will help build Okada’s fifth reign up, and perhaps solidify Okada’s legacy.
My Score: 9.1/10
Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (5/11/19)
It’s Speed VS Strength in the main event!
ROH Wrestling Television, Episode 399
Battle lines have been drawn in ROH! LifeBlood’s Bandido takes on the Notorious Hitman, who takes a big win on War of the Worlds Weekend?
- Triple Threat Tag Team Match: Shinobi Shadow Squad VS Coast to Coast VS The Bouncers; The Bouncers win.
- Flex Simmons VS Josh Woods; Woods wins.
- Bandido VS Shane Taylor; Bandido wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Triple Threat Tag Team Match: Shinobi Shadow Squad VS Coast to Coast VS The Bouncers!
Ryan Nova & Cheeseburger have Eli Isom in their corner, but they’re up against the salty Shaheem Ali & Leon St. Giovanni and the massive Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas! Triple S got a Six Man Tag victory over C2C and Colin Delaney on the Road to G1 Supercard, but can they pull off another shocker against even bigger and badder competition? As for C2C and The Bouncers, they lost together at this year’s Masters of the Craft, but Ali & LSG refused to share a #ToastofHonor in commiseration. Will that chip on C2C’s shoulder go away or only grow bigger tonight?
The Bouncers keep the Code of Honor with the Shinobi but C2C refuse to shake hands with anyone. Fans cheer “Beer! Beer!” for BCB and Milonas while they let Nova start with LSG. LSG and Nova tie up, and LSG gets the wristlock. Nova rolls and reverses, but LSG handsprings and reverses back. LSG waistlocks and slams Nova hard, then headlocks. Nova powers out and things speed up, LSG waistlocks Nova again but Nova bucks him off. Things keep moving and Nova counters a backslide with an arm-drag. LSG runs back in and waistlocks, but Nova slips out of the back suplex. Nova boots LSG away from the corner, then somersaults to neckbreaker! Nova knips up and fans fire up as he tags in Burger. Whip to atomic drop to sweep, then they split the wish bone to double kick LSG down!
Fans fire up with Triple S but Ali runs in. Ali misses Burger and Nova to hit the Bouncers! Ail runs into a double hip toss! Nova and Burger high-ten, but then the Bouncers come in to sandwich them! Bruiser whips Nova while “Brawler” whips Burger, and then they trade partners to squash them in the corners. And then they go corner to corner to squash the other! The Bouncers see Ali and LSG and squash them! And then the other way! Milonas feeds Ali to BCB to bite! LSG runs in but he gets bit, too! And Burger! And Nova! But remember, he ain’t got no teeth! The Bounces high-five and say bottom’s up, but C2C boot them both! And again!
The Bouncers tumble out and C2C give the shinobis CHOPS! C2C whip Nova and Burger at each other, but Burger and Nova do-si-do to dropkick C2C! The shinobi slingshot but are caught! The Bouncers sandwich them again, but then C2C wreck them all with dropkicks! They keep moving, Ali FLIES! Ali bowls everyone over, then drags Burger in while we go to break.
ROH returns as Ali slingshot sentons onto Burger. Cover, TWO! Ali is just annoyed as he tags in LSG. Fans rally up for Burger but Ali holds him in place for LSG’s shoulder tackle. Ali adds an enziguri, then feeds Burger to LSG’s butterfly suplex! Cover, TWO! LSG drags Burger back up for an armlock and chinbar. Fans rally behind Burger and Burger fights back. Ali tags in and C2C mugs Burger. Ali gives Burger a big European uppercut, then covers, TWO! Burger fights back with big CHOPS! Fans fire up but Ali brings Burger away to then hit Nova! Burger dodges and dodges, and tags in Milonas! Ali waistlocks but Milonas breaks free with a big butt bump! Milonas rallies and drops the seated senton! Cover, but LSG breaks it!
Bruiser goes after LSG then whips, Samoan Drop! Back senton from Milonas! BCB whips Ali into Milonas’ scrapbuster slam! Cover, but Nova breaks it! BCB shoves Nova all the way out, but LSG shoulders in. LSG slingshots to hit Milonas then springboards to hit BCB! C2C regroups to go after Milonas. LSG climbs while Ali scoops Milonas. Milonas is too heavy, he falls onto Ali! BCB uppercuts LSG then tosses him onto Ali! The Bouncers grab LSG and toss him out. Ali rolls and Nova tags in! Nova leaps at Bruiser for the flying Complete Shot! Nova fires forearms on Milonas! Milonas grabs him and scoops him, but Burger saves him. Double SUPERKICKS! They focus their chakra, buzzsaw mule kick combo!
BCB runs over Nova but Burger dodges to FLY onto C2C! Fans fire up but Burger runs into an uppercut from BCB! Nova knees Bruiser but runs into Brawler’s boot! CLOSING TIME! Cover, The Bouncers win!
Winners: The Bouncers, Brian Milonas pinning
The Shinobi Shadow Squad doesn’t have to go home, but they can’t stay here. But they also argue with Coast 2 Coast, who are sore losers all over again. As for Bruiser and Milonas, they celebrate with the #ToastofHonor! Will they soon be toasting with a shot at the ROH tag titles?
ROH has a huge night set for Episode 400!
Matt Taven is finally the ROH World Champion, because he earned it. He won a Triple Threat Ladder match at G1 Supercard in Madison Square Garden, also becoming a Grand Slam Champion. But when it comes to having a shot at his title, Taven tells the entire locker room that they’ll have to earn it. Cue Flip Gordon! The Captain of Flip Army reminded Matt Taven that he earned his shot in the Sea of Honor tournament. And with his knee at 100%, Flip finally gets his shot as the new #1 contender! Who ends the milestone episode of ROH having earned the world championship?
But not only that, the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships will be on the line! Villain Enterprises will defend their titles against a star-studded though makeshift team of Jay Lethal, Jeff Cobb and Rush! Will Marty Scurll, Brody King & PCO keep hold of the gold against the Franchise, the Hawaiian Hulk and El Toro Blanco?
ROH looks back at the G1 Supercard Honor Rumble!
Kenny King CHOSE to be number one in this massive match, that featured huge stars across ROH and NJPW, such as Minoru Suzuki, Jushin Thunder Liger and even THE GREAT MUTA! It looked to be down to just the two masked legends, Muta and Liger, but Kenny wasn’t actually eliminated! He threw both legends out in one fell sweep and won his shot at the ROH World Championship, but he would get some karma in the way of Muta’s mist!
Kenny King is here!
The Honor Rumble winner is apparently still blinded? He has a walking stick and assistance walking out from ROH timekeeper, Amy Rose. Fans chant “Thank You, Muta!” as King struggles to get a mic. “I should be…” Wait, face camera. “I should be the happiest dude alive right now.” But he’s not and why is that? You see, King is the only man in professional wrestling who does exactly what he says he will. He told everyone that he’d start at number one and “molly whop all them other chops” to become the first man to win the Honor Rumble from number one. King is now #1 Contender, but he shall now be known as Kenny Shawn Michaels King.
And that’s not even the best part! We were all treated to something special at G1 Supecard! Two men stood, Jushin Thunder Liger and the Great Muta, and tension was palpable. No one knew what was going to happen, until King slid in the ring to throw their “700 year old Japanese wrinkly asses” out to win the Honor Rumble! They say never meet your heroes. King did, he wanted to shake hands with Muta, and Muta spit the red mist in his face! Fans think it’s funny? It’s awful! It smelled like laundry detergent and Popeye’s Chicken, and it burned Kenny’s face and eyes! Now King needs emergency eye surgery, so that’s why he won’t be wrestling tonight. But that brings him to Matt Taven. King wants to tell us something we might not know about Taven. “Matt Taven is my homie.”
The two kings are friendly with each other. Kenny was proud of Taven at G1. One day they’ll have to discuss the terms of Taven’s surrender, but until then, he wants Taven to fight. Taven is not King’s target. He is not the man who upsets King. Who here thinks Jay Lethal is great? Kenny doesn’t. Lethal’s not tough, and the only time he’s savage is when he’s cosplaying Randy. So to Jay Lethal, when King gets through his surgery to see again, both eyes will be on Lethal. Because then Kenny will prove he’s the K I N G, and he’ll make Lethal #BendTheKnee. Amy helps King get his walking stick and exit the ring carefully. Will King see clearly and get his hands on Lethal? Or will Lethal make him see all of that trash talk wasn’t worth a thing?
Flip Gordon speaks on his leg injury.
It was at ROH Honor Reigns Supreme, in a match with Hot Sauce Tracy Williams. All seemed same as always, but as Flip dropkick’d Tracy in the corner, his knee gave out. Flip feared the worst, and wanted to finish the match, but his springboard spear only made it worse. He could only take another step, so he had to call it there. Flip feared the worst, but the MRI gave him a time frame. What did he have to do to beat this? Physical therapy. Flip stuck to the schedule, and trusted his doctors. Now his knee is ready, and he is ready! The other ROH World Championship contenders fell to Lethal, but then Taven rose up to win. Now Flip’s turn comes as episode 400 arrives! Will Flip’s return be one of the greatest in ROH history?
Flex Simmons VS Josh Woods!
An ROH dojo graduate makes his television premiere as he flexes his… fairly good physique. But he’s up against The Goods, Mr. Top Prospect 2017, who returns after returning to his roots. Now Woods is #DownToFight, will he end Flex’s television career before it begins?
The Code of Honor is upheld, and the bell rings. Woods SPEARS Flex! Flex staggers up into a waistlock slam! Woods grimaces as he drags Flex up for an exploder suplex! Flex can only flounder around into a fireman’s carry, Seismic Toss slam! Cover, Woods wins!
Winner: Josh Woods, by pinfall
Woods returns more focused and more aggressive, and doesn’t care to shake hands with Flex again. He wants his money and the next fight, who will be #DownToFight The Goods?
ROH interviewer Quinn McKay interviews Josh Woods.
The 2017 Top Prospect Tournament winner, the NCWA National Champion, and multi-time All American wrestler is also captain of the US MMA team, and is back in ROH with an impressive showing. But he’s been gone for some time. What’s he been up to? It isn’t about what he was up to, but about what he just did and has done his entire career. Woods has always been #DownToFight. Will he finally fight his way to an ROH championship?
Bandido VS Shane Taylor!
Though they have beef with Bully Ray over the attack on Tenille Dashwood, LifeBlood’s luchador will take on the Notorious Hitman who has been known to pall around with the Hall of Famer. Will Bandido’s speed or Taylor’s strength win out in this first-time-ever face-off?
Bandido wants to uphold the Code of Honor, but Taylor spits on Bandido’s hand! The bell rings and Bandido fires off with kicks. Bandido runs and slides but Taylor catches him. Taylor whips but Bandido counters to throw forearms. But Taylor stays up! Taylor grabs Bandido but Bandido slips out of the choke slam. Taylor elbows Bandido away, but Bandido elbows back. SUPERKICK! Fans fire up as Bandido whips, but Taylor blocks. Taylor whips but Bandido dodges and kicks, but Taylor blocks again. Taylor flips Bandido but Bandido lands on his feet to sunset flip! Bandido can’t get Taylor down, but he gets out of the way as Taylor sits down!
Bandido keeps moving to basement dropkick Taylor out! Fans fire up as Bandido builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit sends Taylor into the barriers! Bandido keeps moving, and FLIES! He wipes Taylor out again, and celebrates with fans while we go to break.
ROH returns once again, and Bandido gets Taylor back in. Bandido stands Taylor up to chop, but Taylor shrugs it off. Bandido tries again, but then Taylor CHOPS Bandido to a corner! Taylor trash talks Bandido but Bandido CHOPS back! Bandido eggs Taylor on so Taylor CHOPS Bandido off his feet. Taylor drags Bandido up but Bandido fires forearms back! Bandido tries to fireman’s carry but Taylor fights him off. Taylor swings but Bandido ducks, only to get caught in a choke slam! Taylor mocks the fans as they cheer for Bandido. Bandido gets to a corner again but Taylor is on him with big knees. Taylor throws a big right and Bandido goes down! Taylor taunts Bandido more as he drags him back up. He tosses Bandido across the ring! Bandido stirs but Taylor trash talks the fans.
Taylor stalks Bandido as fans rally up. Taylor stands Bandido up again, to throw him by his hair! Bandido hits hard and flounders to ropes. Taylor drags Bandido up again and whips him corner to corner. He runs in and clotheslines Bandido down! Fans boo Taylor but he just stands on Bandido’s head! Taylor lets up at 4, but comes back to drag Bandido back up. Taylor talks trash the entire time but Bandido revives to throw forearms! Bandido dodges one clothesline but gets the other! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up again as Taylor sits Bandido up to elbow away! Taylor covers, TWO! Taylor drags Bandido back up and slaps him around. He whips Bandido corner to corner but runs into a boot!
Bandido boots and enziguris, then hops up top. He leaps, into the One Hitter Quitter! Cover, TWO!? Bandido survives Taylor’s right hand! Fans rally up and Bandido has new life, but Taylor is right on him again. Bandido fires forearms then fireman’s carries again. Taylor is still too much but Bandido elbows him back. Bandido boots but gets blocked, Taylor rolls Bandido for a big knee to the face! Cover, TWO!! Bandido still lives while we go to one last break!
ROH returns once more, and Taylor still slaps and toys with Bandido. Bandido blocks the slaps to fire off slaps of his own! Taylor SLAPS Bandido, but Bandido still comes back with more! Taylor CHOPS, but Bandido fires off kicks and knees! Bandido runs, but into a clothesline! But he’s right back up!? Taylor is shocked, but Bandido fires off slaps and kicks. Bandido knees and SUPERKICKS! Taylor staggers, but still gets Bandido with another choke slam! Both men are down but fans fire up! A standing count begins as fans rally. The count passes 5 before Taylor sits up. Bandido stirs but Taylor stands. Taylor brings Bandido up for big haymakers, but Bandido returns with forearms. They go back and forth, with fans on Bandido’s side.
Bandido gets an edge then spins, into a headbutt! Hammerlock rip cord, End of Days! Cover, TWO!! Taylor is frustrated he couldn’t finish Bandido off! Bandido stands and boots Taylor away. Then he swing kicks from the apron, only to slingshot into the One Hitter! Taylor slingshots Bandido in, London Tower! Cover, TWO!?! Bandido is superhuman! Fans keep cheering Bandido on and he revives again. Taylor shakes his head as he CHOPS Bandido in a corner. And CHOPS again, and again! Bandido flops over and Taylor vows to end this. Taylor drags Bandido up, whips him corner to corner, but Bandido boots him away. Bandido uppercuts then springboard tornillo crossbody! Bandido takes aim, and fireman’s carry! GTS, BANG to 21 Plex!! Cover, Bandido wins!!
Winner: Bandido, by pinfall
The luchador triumphs over the titanic Hitman! But wait, here comes Bully Ray! Bandido sees him coming, and has LifeBlood’s Tracy and Mark Haskins with him! Bully wants a time-out, he wasn’t expecting to be the one outnumbered. But wait, who are these attacking LifeBlood?! The Soldiers of Savagery, Moses Maddox and Jasper Kaun, are the newest recruits to ROH and they’re already making an impact! They stomp out Bandido, Tracy and Haskins, then slam Haskins down for a Vader Bomb! They lift Bandido for a gutbuster drop! And they go after Hot Sauce with a feed to a SPEAR! Then an elevated DDT! Even Bully seems confused. SOS did this without any help from Taylor or Bully, or without an invitation. But will they be Bully’s new back-up against LifeBlood?
A really great episode to act as a go-home to episode 400. We get a pretty great Triple Threat Tag to open the night. It’s an interesting development for C2C to take a slow transition into Heel with this salty new attitude of theirs, but that might be the spark they need to take that next step up in the ROH tag division. The Bouncers continue their own rise up, perhaps they’ll finally get their own shot now that we’ll be past War of the Worlds. Bruiser & Milonas against Guerrillas of Destiny would be a pretty fun match, though obviously another match GoD would retain the titles in.
Kenny King playing up being blinded was pretty hilarious here tonight. And even without that, he gave us a great promo overall, though obviously while he’s waiting his turn at the world title, he’s going after Lethal. Lethal VS King all over again should make for a good match or two, and I’m pretty sure King wins to go right at the world champion, whoever that is. We got a good video package and promo from Flip, but I’m not sure if he wins that title off Taven, even on a milestone episode. Regardless of it being his return, Woods was obviously going to win against Flex Simmons tonight. In fact, anyone going against Flex Simmons tonight was going to win because Flex was obviously the generic jobber.
Woods being back, I wonder if he’ll get a better push than he did before. I don’t think he can take the ROH World Television Championship off Jeff Cobb, but I hope we can get a great match out of them. And I’m sure we’ll get a great Six Man out of Lethal, Cobb and Rush VS Villain Enterprises. But such a random team is not beating an established trio like Villain Enterprises. I don’t think Scurll and his team lose the titles until a rematch with The Kingdom. Bandido VS Taylor was amazing, worthy of leading to title contention. It was great story for Bandido to win, both in the match and overall.
It was a great bait and switch for Bully to be the one surrounded, but then to swerve back and debut a new duo. I suppose Bully would need new allies with The Briscoes likely reserved for a rematch with GoD. I’d expect at least a Six Man Tag, Bully & SoS VS LifeBlood, but you could throw in Taylor on Bully’s side and get Juice Robinson involved for an Eight Man Tag. Either way, this looks to be building to the LifeBlood VS Bully and crew story I was hoping for.
My Score: 8.3/10
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