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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Report! (7/2/18)

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With the Huggable Bayley going berserk on The Boss (and her supposed friend) Sasha Banks, Raw GM Kurt Angle has demanded they BOTH go to anger management! Can therapy bring these two back around? Or will it only make things worse? Plus, will Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns have something to say about Ziggler & McIntyre?

 

All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Woken Hardy VS Curt Axel w/ Bo Dallas; Axel wins.
  • Titus Worldwide VS The Authors of Pain; The Authors of Pain win.
  • Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns VS Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler; Roman & Rollins win, by disqualification.
  • Ember Moon VS Liv Morgan w/ Sarah Logan; Ember wins.
  • Bobby Lashley & Roman Reigns VS The Revival; Lashley & Reigns win, by disqualification.
  • Mickie James w/ Alexa Bliss VS Nia Jax; Nia wins.
  • Kevin Owens VS Braun Strowman; Strowman wins, by count out.

PLAY BY PLAY

Roman Reigns heads to the ring!

The Big Dog opens Raw in Sioux Falls, coming off a loss to The Revival alongside Bobby Lashley, but also saving his Shield Brother, Seth Rollins from Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre. Roman speaks on the “extremely talented” duo, and admits he never thought he’d lose to The Revival. He did have the worst tag team partner of all time, though, in Bobby Lashley. For whatever reason, Kurt Angle wants Roman to team with “Bob” again. But Roman just wants to fight “Bob.” And if he doesn’t get to fight at Extreme Rules, he’ll fight him tonight! “Bob” is a fool, thinking he’s The Guy, when 10 years ago he wasn’t because he couldn’t handle it. And 10 years from now, Lashley still won’t be The Guy because ROMAN is the Guy! Roman is the Big Dog how runs the Yard!

But wait, here comes Ziggler & McIntyre! Ziggler wants to understand something: Roman is someone else is an egomaniac. The guy who makes it all about him, walking around like he owns the place. Roman calls Ziggler’s ring His Yard. Roman acts like the world has to go through him. McIntyre says Roman couldn’t help himself in “playing the hero”, even for Rollins. The former Intercontinental Champion, Seth Rollins. But that’s what brings them out here. If Roman wants to make all of this all about him, “that’s fine by us.” He stuck his nose in their business, so it’s their turn. Roman fights both Ziggler & McIntyre! But that’s 2v1 and they get Roman down on the mat. So here comes Seth Rollins!

Rollins evens the numbers, and kicks McIntyre out of the ring. Rollins gets Ziggler down but McIntyre saves the Show-Off. McIntyre & Ziggler are in retreat while the Shield Brothers regroup. Roman is getting pulled in different directions, where will he put his focus?

 

Rollins & Roman find Angle backstage.

They want to settle this with Ziggler & McIntyre asap! Angle will accept their request, and schedule a match for next week. Next week? That doesn’t sit right with Roman. Just do it now! No, Roman has to team with Lashley against The Revival. Well, okay, since they want it so bad, they’ll get it tonight. Roman & Rollins get a chance at revenge, will it go their way? And what of Lashley and the #TopGuys, Dash & Dawson?

 

WOKEN Hardy VS Curt Axel w/ Bo Dallas!

The WOKEN Wisdom is without the Eater of Worlds, who was in an accident of automobiles over the previous day of Frige. But WOKEN Axel says last week’s WONDERFUL battle will forever be etched in the multiverse. But a galactic glitch will bring a new Twist of Fate. Bo Wyatt adds that his Woken Wisdom Friend must face the ferocious B Team all by his lonesome. Wait, the song! “You may never truly be alone, because he’s got the whole~ world~, in his hands.”

For those unclear on what’s happening, yes, it is a rematch from last week’s match where a simple ACCIDENT cost Woken Hardy the win. Can Axel keep his team “undefeated” another week? Or will he be DELETED?

They tie up, Hardy gets the headlock, then shifts to a roll up. ONE, and Axel backs away to a corner. Axel and Hardy circle while fans chant DELETE. Axel gets the headlock and the takedown to a facelock. Bo coaches Axel, but Hardy reverses to DELETE Shoulder Breakers. Hardy wrenches the wrist, then whips Axel to ropes. He runs Axel over with a back elbow, covers, TWO. Hardy brings Axel up again, for haymakers. He keeps on Axel with those makers of hay, then whips him again. Axel reverses for a back elbow of his own. Axel brings Hardy up for buckle bumps and stomps. He grinds a forearm into Hardy’s face, then backs off at 4.

Hardy comes out with a kick and a headlock. Axel powers out but Bo swipes at the feet. Hardy fights them both off, but Axel denies the Twist. Hardy chants DELETE while we go to break.

Raw returns and Axel has Hardy in a lock of the arm. hardy fights out while fans rally. Axel knees low and whips for a dropkick. Axel brags but fans boo. He stomps Hardy to a corner, then clubs him in the back. Hardy hits back, backs Axel down, but Axel kicks him low. Axel lifts for the breaker of back, covers, TWO. Axel snapmares and neck snaps Hardy, then covers, TWO! The B Team grows frustrated, but Axel follows Hardy to the apron. Hardy hits back, Side Effect on the apron! Hardy powers up and goes after Axel with DELETE forearms and buckle bumps. He backs off while Bo throws a fit, then comes back for a clothesline and second Side Effect! Cover, TWO! Hardy climbs up, and drops the ax handle. He climbs up again, and drops an elbow! Cover, TWO!

Bo is relieved, but Hardy prepares the Twist. Axel stands up but Bo distracts from the apron. Axel hits back, whips but is reversed. Hardy ends up going up and into the post! Axel then hits his twisting neckbreaker! Cover, Axel wins!

Winner: Curt Axel, by pinfall

Just a couple weeks away from Extreme Rules and their Raw Tag Team Championships, and The B Team is on a WONDERFUL roll! Will they dethrone the Deleters of Worlds as easily as they won tonight?

 

Rollins and Roman prepare backstage.

Not only is Roman having two matches tonight, but he still doesn’t have an Extreme Rules match. Meanwhile, Rollins has a 30-Minute Ironman Match against Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental Championship. Speaking of the double header, Lashley comes in to talk with Roman alone. “You have some huge brass ones calling me an egomaniac.” Is Roman Superman or something? No, he’s a heat magnet, and expect for his “brother”, no one likes him.

Lashley doesn’t like Roman, either. And as much as he’d rather fight Roman at Extreme Rules, they have to work together. Roman tells Lashley to shut up. Roman wills tart and finish the match because he’ll win it. All Lashley has to do is flash that fake smile and collect the check. He better, or Lashley will hold him responsible again. Is that a threat? Yes, it is. Can these two work together at all tonight?

 

Raw has footage of Sasha’s & Bayley’s first counseling session.

The Legit Boss and Huggable One both have 10 o’clock meetings with whoever is in 6A. They argue over who actually has the appointment, but it’s DR. SHELBY! He’ll be helping them in their paired friendship counseling. Let’s enter the Friend Zone!

To start, Shelby calls it the Friend Zone because the only rule is to be accepting. Love, helping, joy, sharing, time, honesty, respect. Those are the principles of friendship. Can Bayley & Sasha survive each other long enough to pass the class?

 

Titus Worldwide VS The Authors of Pain!

While veterans Titus & Apollo were just trying to give the younger Akam & Rezar advice, the former NXT Tag Team Champions didn’t want it. Then when AoP brutally beat down the Gibson Brothers, Titus Worldwide came to the rescue. Now these two teams will battle directly to see if the main roster rookies really do have something to learn.

The bell rings and Titus starts against Rezar. They power up and Titus puts Rezar in a headlock. Rezar powers out and collides with Titus, and is actually staggered to the corner. Apollo tags in and hits a big splash in the corner. But Apollo is put in the AoP corner and Akam tags in. Akam throws Apollo, then whips. Apollo goes up and over, impressed as always. Things speed up and Apollo dropkicks Akam. Akam staggers and tags in Rezar, then lifts him up for Rezar to throw down. Rezar trash talks in Albanian, then stalks Apollo to a corner. Rezar brings Apollo up to ram shoulders into his back, then throws him out to another corner. He trash talks Apollo, then throws him again! Rezar covers, ropebreak.

Apollo rolls away but Rezar is on him with neck wrench. Fans rally for Apollo, and Apollo gets up, but Rezar just powers him to the AoP corner. Akam tags in, and the AoP go for another suplex into the powerbomb neckbreaker! Titus breaks the pin, then goes after Rezar. Rezar blcoks him, and Akam helps Rezar throw Titus into a post! Apollo rolls up Akam, TWO! Powerslam from Akam, then tag to Rezar. They drag Apollo up, LAST CHAPTER! Cover, AoP win!

Winners: The Authors of Pain, Rezar pinning

That’s all Akam & Rezar wrote on Titus Worldwide! They have more than enough to defeat a veteran tag team, how long until they’re tag team champions?

 

Roman and Rollins talk again.

How did the talk with “Bob” go? Roman doesn’t really know, he didn’t listen to the guy. That aside, these two are on the same page for their match up next.

 

Kevin Owens arrives a little late.

Perhaps it has to do with needing a new rental car after Braun Strowman flipped the last one as more of a prank. The valet says Kevin can’t park here, he’ll need his keys to relocate. Kevin says “No chance.” Then he puts up his hood, in hopes Strowman won’t spot him. Will he make it through the rest of the night? Or will he #GetTheseHands all over again?

 

Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns VS Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler!

The Architect & The Big Dog are united in wanting to shut up and shut down the Show-Off & The Scottish Stud. Ziggler and Rollins will meet again 1v1 in an Ironman match at Extreme Rules, can their friends help them gain momentum before then?

The teams sort out and it’s Rollins starting against Ziggler as a sampler for their coming rematch. They circle, tie up, and Rollins gets a waistlock. Rollins brings Ziggler to the mat, but Ziggler turns it around. Rollins turns that back around, but Ziggler resists. Ziggler gets out and around, and rolls Rollins, ONE. The two back off, then tie up again. Rollins gets the armlock, but Ziggler has the counter. Ziggler switches to a headlock, but Rollins powers out. Things speed up and Ziggler counters the hip-toss to a roll up. TWO, and Rollins dropkicks Ziggler down. Ziggler gets to his corner, and tags in McIntyre. McIntyre steps up to Rollins, and now they tie up. McIntyre wrenches Rollins with a headlock, then brings him down to his knees. Fans rally, and Rollins powers out. McIntyre runs Rollins over with a shoulder, and fans boo.

McIntyre runs, things speed up, but the hip toss doesn’t work as McIntyre shoves Rollins. Rollins evades, and gets to his corner. Roman nods, and Rollins tags him in. The Big Dog steps to McIntyre, but McIntyre grins. McIntyre welcomes the challenge, and fans duel. They circle, tie up, and are even in strength. But McIntyre starts pushing Roman to a corner! McIntyre throws knees, haymakers and stomps! He backs off at 4, then comes back, but Roman turns it around for a flurry of right hands! Roman backs off, but comes back with corner punches. McIntyre shoves him away, but runs into the fireman’s carry. McIntyre slips out, but gets an uppercut! Roman sees Ziggler coming, but McIntyre headbutts Roman! Lashley is watching, and doesn’t like Roman’s lack of focus.

McIntyre rains down rights on Roman, then tags in Ziggler for a SUPERKICK! Roman is down, and Ziggler covers, TWO! Ziggler grows frustrated, but he keeps on Roman at the ropes with a choke. He backs off at 4, and Roman coughs and gasps. Ziggler drags Roman back up, bumps him off buckles, then tags McIntyre. McIntyre kicks Roman’s ribs, then chops him across the chest. He drags Roman out for a neckbreaker. Cover, TWO, so McIntyre tags Ziggler in. McIntyre holds Roman for Ziggler to stomp. Ziggler drags Roman up, and bumps him off buckles. Ziggler throws hands, then backs off to shout how he’s the best. He runs in at Roman, but the uppercut intercepts the splash! Both men are down and fans rally up. Roman and Ziggler crawl, hot tag to Rollins!

Rollins rallies and jumps around, Slingblade for Ziggler and a dropkick for McIntyre. Rollins runs to DIVE! McIntyre hits the barrier, Drive-By from Rollins to Ziggler! Rollins climbs up, Frog Splash!

Cover, but McIntyre breaks in. Roman returns but McIntyre clotheslines him back out. Rollins knees McIntyre out but Ziggler rolls up. TWO, Rollins covers, TWO. Rollins blocks the superkick into a catapult that sends Ziggler to the outside! Rollins fires up again as he climbs up, and LEAPS! The super crossbody wipes both Ziggler & McIntyre out while we go to break!

Raw returns and Ziggler keeps Rollins away from Roman with a sleeper hold. Rollins reaches for Roman as well as the ropes. Roman reaches, too, but Rollins falls to the mat. Ziggler squeezes with body scissors, but Rollins gets a second wind. Fans duel as Rollins stands up and backs Ziggler into an open corner. The hold breaks, and Rollins crawls, but Ziggler intercepts with a Famouser!

Cover, TWO! Ziggler drags Rollins over and tags McIntyre. McIntyre stomps Rollins’ right hand, then drags Rollins up for a chop. Rollins staggers to ropes, but McIntyre stretches him back against the ropes. The ref coutns and McIntyre lets go. Rollins chops back, but so does McIntyre. Rollins slips out of teh suplex and throws McIntyre out! McIntyre trips Roman! McIntyre then powers Rollins to his corner for him and Ziggler to mug. Ziggler tags while Rollins is sent out of the ring.

Ziggler drags Rollins up and rakes the eyes, then whips, but Rollins reverses! Rollins sends Ziggler into barriers, but McIntyre helps Ziggler up. Tag to McIntyre, and he denies another tag to Roman,. SUPERKICK from Rollins sends McIntyre down and out! Rollins crawls, fans are thunderous, but Ziggler returns! But he runs into a powerbomb! Rollins crawls again, and Roman reaches, but The Revival attack!! They go right at Roman!

Winners: Roman & Rollins, by disqualification

Now Roman and Rollins fight off the #TopGuys, but McIntyre & Ziggler add on to make it 4v2!

Dash & Dawson aren’t waiting for later, they want revenge now. Meanwhile, Ziggler & McIntyre put Rollins in the ring. The Revival whip Roman into steel steps, but Rollins works to fight off McIntyre and Ziggler! He can’t, it’s still 2v1. Dash & Dawson keep Roman down while Ziggler & McIntyre hit Rollins with Zig-Zag Claymore! Then Roman is brought into the ring by The Revival. Fans boo while they bring Roman up, for SHATTER MACHINE!

Will Rollins be okay in time for the Ironman match? Will Roman be okay for his second match later tonight?

 

Kevin meets with  Angle backstage.

Something has to be done about Bruan Strowman. They cant have someone running around doing whatever they want! Well, they settle things in the ring, so does Kevin want a match? No! He just wants Strowman to go away. Put him in counseling! No, suspend him! No, FIRE him! Actually, Angle feels like Kevin should face Strowman tonight. The worst case scenario for Kevin has happened, will he survive Strowman tonight?

 

Constable Baron Corbin heads to the ring.

After their tag team dysfunction led to a loss, “Stephanie McMahon’s personally appointed” Constable Corbin has words for the Extraordinary Finn Balor. He is here to help. It doesn’t matter who they are or who they are, everyone needs help to reach their full potential. If a boss chews you out, they’re trying to help. If a teacher sends you to detention or a police officer gives you a ticket, they’re just helping. Corbin is constable to help Angle be a better GM and all the superstars reach their full potential.

Though, there’s always someone to proud to accept the help. Finn was exhausted so Corbin tagged in, yet Finn kicks him down. That’s why Corbin pulled him from the ring to talk strategy. They ended up fighting, and they got counted out. Such behavior is “inappropriate and unprofessional.” Therefore, Corbin invites Finn out here so Finn can apologize to Corbin. Finn accepts the invitation and does head to the ring.

Corbin thanks Finn for cooperating. This doesn’t have to be hard, just admit you were wrong and that you’ll never do that again. Finn doesn’t speak, so Corbin apologizes first. When he hit Finn, he was just trying to communicate. He forgets he’s so much bigger, stronger and tougher, so he’s sorry. Finn’s turn. Finn says he’s sorry, that his comments about the vest got Corbin fired from TGI Friday’s.

Corbin gets it, Finn is angry over a loss two weeks ago. Corbin will be the bigger man, because he actually is. Finn, say you’re sorry. Finn does feel Corbin needs an apology. Form whoever gave Corbin that haircut. “Listen, you little twerp!” He knows it’s hard out there for guys like Finn, who doesn’t get the opportunities or the pay like Corbin does. Stephanie made Corbin a constable for a reason, so give him the respect he deserves! Fans say “No! No!” but Finn says, “I’m sorry. But you stopped deserving anyone’s respect the day you became Stephanie’s stooge!” Corbin hits Finn! He drags Finn up, then whips Finn, but Finn dodges to Slingblade! Then to wreck Corbin with a dropkick! Finn climbs up, takes aim, but Corbin retreats. This isn’t over between them, who will be the sorry one when it’s all over?

 

Elias plays when the Riott Squad appear.

Is the Drifter performing tonight? For Sioux Falls? No. But for Liv & Sarah, he has a song in mind. Liv & Sarah like it, they #StartARiott! Thanks, Elias! These two are headed out, even with their Squad Leader down with injury. Can they represent for Ruby to the fullest tonight?

 

Ember Moon VS Liv Morgan w/ Sarah Logan!

The Prophecy of Flame has been on fire since coming to Raw, but so has the Riott Squad since the Superstar Shake-Up. Team leader Ruby is out with a leg injury, but that doesn’t mean the riot has to end. Will #LivStrong win strong against the rising War Goddess? Or will Ember Eclipse the wild ones tonight?

The bell rings and Ember ties up with Liv. Liv powers Ember to ropes but Ember standing switches. Liv gets a headlock, but Ember powers out. She still gets whipped but counters the hip-toss with an arm-drag. Ember sweeps then kicks Liv down, cover, ONE. Ember grabs Liv in a facelock, but Sarah coaches Liv up. Liv slips out to rock Ember with a right! Liv puts the headlock back on, and gives a noogie. Ember endures, but Liv gets the takeover. Ember sits up and rolls Liv off. Liv sings but Ember springboards to crossbody! Cover, TWO! Liv rolls away while we go to break.

Raw returns and Liv thrashes Ember around in a full nelson. Fans rally and Ember gets up. Ember breaks free with butt bumps, then slips down to roll Liv into an ankle lock! But Liv throws Ember into ropes! Then she rocks Ember with an enziguri! Cover, TWO, and Liv grows frustrated. She slams Ember’s face off the mat, then drags her back into the full nelson. Liv thrashes Ember around again, but fans still rally. Ember powers up again and arm-drags Liv off. Liv comes back with a forearm, but so does Ember. Liv backs Ember down and knocks her off her feet! She stalks Ember, then drags her up. “You are nothing!” Liv goes for a bulldog, but Ember puts Liv into buckles, then STOMPS her! Ember throws Liv to the center, then climbs up. Sarah panics, ECLIPSE!! Cover, Ember wins!

Winner: Ember Moon, by pinfall

Sarah rushes the ring, but Ember gets away. The Squad is furious, but the Moon rises higher and higher. Can Ember reach the top and challenge the champion in the future?

 

Raw looks at more of the friendship counseling between Sasha, Bayley & Dr. Shelby.

The doctor seems to be at his wit’s end already, and this is just the first day. They spent hours, can they just go? It’s clearly not working. Shelby says we know how Sasha feels, but how doe sBayley feel? But Bayley can’t answer, it’s Sasha’s role to play. It will be role-playing, Sasha is Bayley and Bayley is Sasha. So how doe s”Bayley” feel? Sasha puts on her best Bayley and says “when I grow up, I’m gonna be a champion! Not because I deserve it, but because I collected a bunch of autographs!” Bayley acts like she’s five and is everyone’s friend, and loves hugs, yay~! Okay… So how does “Sasha” feel to hear that?

Bayley puts on Sasha’s jewelry and says that if no one calls her the The Boss, she’ll stab you in the back. If you get ahead of her, she stabs you in the back! It doesn’t matter, she’ll just stab you in the back! And her neighbor’s mailman’s cousin is Snoop Dog! The Boss~! Is that funny? They argue again, but Shelby tries to bring up the principles of friendship. They both tell him to shut up, so he loses his cool! Will this ever sort itself out?

 

Bobby Lashley & Roman Reigns VS The Revival!

It may be the third time around, but that’s just to prove the #TopGuys didn’t win on a fluke. Of course, this time won’t exactly be fair with Dash & Dawson beating Roman up earlier. Will they get a guaranteed win tonight over Roman & Lashley? Or will Roman personally see to them not making it out of the ring?

Lashley lets Roman start, and Dawson circles with The Big Dog. Fans duel again as Roman and Dawson tie up. Roman powers Dawson to a corner, but then Roman gets back as Dawson tries to sucker punch the ribs. Dawson talks strategy with Dash before getting Roman in a waistlock then wristlock. Roman reverses, and puts on a headlock. Dawson fights back with body shots, then kicks. Dawson keeps on Roman’s ribs, which he and Dash beat up to begin with. Roman hits back with uppercuts and haymakers, sending Dawson out of the ring. The #TopGuys regroup, but Lashley wants in. Roman refuses, his pride/ego won’t let him. Dawson returns, and Dash flanks him from the outside. The ref keeps Dash back but Dawson gets Roman with body shots!

Dawson tags Dash in but Roman fights back. Roman throws Dawson out, but Dash drops him with a dropkick. Dash knees Roman in the ribs at the ropes, and Lashley knew this was going to happen. Dash stomps away, then tags Dawson. They drag Roman to the apron for Dawson to club away at those ribs. Dawson brings Roman back up and in, then kicks the ribs. Fans chant for Bobby, but Dawson puts Roman in body scissors. Dawson also grinds his forearm into Roman’s face and traps the arms so Roman can’t grab ropes. Roman endures the squeeze, but he won’t give up. Fans rally, and Roman gets up. Roman hits back, but Dawson shoves. Dawson’s hip-toss is blocked, so he lariats Roman down. Tag to Dash, human weapon leg drop! Cover, TWO, but very close. Lashley grows concerned, more for his own win-loss record than Roman’s ribs.

Dash keeps on Roman, then tags Dawson in. Dawson kicks but Roman blocks to throw a haymaker. Roman keeps throwing hands, then whips. Dawson reverses the whip and kicks Roman in the ribs again. Dawson whips but Roman reverses to send Dawson into buckles! Fans cheer for Lashley, but Roman refuses to tag. Dash tags in but runs into the leaping lariat. Dawson gets a guillotine leg drop before he can get in! Roll up on Roman, TWO! SUPERMAN PUNCH! Cover, but Dawson breaks it. Lashley decides to just come in! He gives Dawson a spinebuster, then throws Dash out before giving Dawson another spinebuster! Lashley returns to the corner and wants the tag, but Roman still refuses. Roman aims at Dash, goes to howl, but Dawson grabs his leg! The Revival swarm on Roman in the corner! The referee rings the bell!

Winners: Reigns & Lashley, by disqualification

Dash & Dawson keep stomping Roman, but Lashley leaves him?! Lashley told Roman his ego would do this to him, so he lets it happen. Roman gets another SHATTER MACHINE! Then, a SUPER Splash! The Alpha Male lets the Big Dog suffer for his own ego. He and Roman still get the win in the record books, but we all know the truth. Can Roman recover if he ever wants to run His Yard again?

 

Kevin brings the “chaos” up to Angle.

This can’t keep happening. The first thing to do: cancel his match with Strowman. He’s right, right? No, that match is still on. Kevin can help Angle organize his office! Or get him Shania Twain tickets! He’s friends with her, you know. Kevin is not getting out of his match. Fine! You don’t deserve Shania tickets. Kevin storms off, preparing for the worst.

 

Angle meets with Roman.

Roman wants to know what he has to do? Don’t worry, the match is set. Lashley asked for this match, too. Then they better start looking for a replacement, because Roman is going to lay Lashley’s “punk ass” out.

 

Mojo Rawley VS No Way Jose!

The man with #KillerInstinct refused this rematch last week, but after sucker punching the Fighting Fiesta, seems both men have no way around it. But Mojo says he made himself clear last week. Mojo paid the price already just to lace up his boots in a WWE ring. And what does Mojo do with the same opportunity? He dances and dances. So they’re just supposed to have a rematch? No way, Jose. Jose swings but Mojo knocks him down again! Then he goes up to the conga line, grabs the guy in a cheeseburger costume, and throws him! Then the POUNCE! That wasn’t Todd, but still.

Jose goes after Mojo again, but is rammed into the LED apron again and again and again! Mojo finishes it with a choke slam to the apron! He leaves Jose and the cheeseburger down and out. Will Mojo continue to show no mercy to anyone undeserving?

 

Exclusive interview with Ronda Rousey.

While the Baddest Woman on the Planet is suspended for 30 days, she can still talk. She’s excited to hear Alexa Bliss has to defend against Nia Jax. Ronda won’t have to stay away from a PPV, she promises to be front row at Extreme Rules!

 

Mickie James w/ Alexa Bliss VS Nia Jax!

The Goddess is running out of time before having to face the Irresistible Force, as well as having Ronda on the sidelines from the suspension. Can the six-time former champion soften the challenger up for Alexa? Or is she just a lamb being led to slaughter for the Goddess’ sake?

Nia knows when she defeated Alexa back at Wrestlemania, she thought she was done with Alexa. But she wasn’t. Then when she squashed Alexa at Backlash, that should’ve been the end. But wrong again. Then, the “legal” MITB cash-in brings us back to square one. “But this needs to end.” At Extreme Rules, with Ronda ringside, it will. In fact, Angle made their rematch… Oh yes, AN EXTREME RULES MATCH! But tonight, Mickie brought the little pest out here with her. Nia brought some back-up, too! It’s Natty! Will the Queen of Harts keep the “pesky” Goddess out of this match?

The bell rings and Mickie throws hands on Nia, but Nia shoves her away. Mickie kicks and throws more hands, but Nia headbutts her down. Mickie tries a third time, but Nia powers her into buckles. Nia squashes Mickie, then throws her across the way. Mickie crawls to ropes, but Nia is on her. Mickie elbows and kicks Nia back, then runs, but into the bulldozing! Nia stalks Mickie but Mickie gets to the apron. Nia swipes at Mickie but Mickie gets away to the barriers. Mickie tries to run when Nia pursues, but Nia grabs her and brings her into a fireman’s carry. Alexa saves Mickie but Natty reinforces Nia. It’s a stand-off while we go to break.

Raw returns and Mickie has Nia down and out on the outside. Nia climbs up but Mickie baseball slides Nia back down. Mickie goes after the leg with swift kicks, then gets back into the ring. Nia slowly gets in and still beats the count at 8. Mickie goes after the leg more, and Alexa mocks Nia’s pain. Fans rally while Nia endures more kicks. Nia puts Mickie in a corner but Mickie hits back again. Mickie kicks and kicks, keeping Nia down on her knees. Nia pushes Mickie but Mickie keeps kicking. Mickie runs and dropkicks Nia’s legs out! Mickie has Nia in a corner, and hotshots the leg! Nia writhes in pain, but Natty keeps the fans rallying. Mickie grabs the leg to drop an elbow on the knee. Nia endures and clubs Mickie back.

Nia grabs hair but Mickie grinds her elbow into the knee. They keep fighting on the mat. Nia gets Mickie in body scissors! Fans rally as Nia squeezes Mickie. Mickie reaches ropes and gets the ropebreak. Nia holds on but lets go at 4. Mickie throws hands but Nia gives a headbutt. Nia rallies with lariats, then pulls Mickie up. She shrieks as she puts Mickie in a corner, but she runs into boots. Mickie goes for the Mick-canrana, but Nia blocks. Mickie pops out and kicks the legs again. She aims at Nia, swings the kick, but Nia blocks it! Mickie slaps Nia, but Nia brings her up for the sit-out powerbomb! Alexa distracts the ref, so Natty trips her up! Nia sneers at Alexa, then goes back to Mickie, Samoan Drop! Cover, Nia wins!

Winner: Nia Jax, by pinfall

The Irresistible Force toughs it out, and with a little help from her friend, she stands tall. With the rules brought to their extreme, does Alexa stand a chance against her archenemy?

 

Kevin is trying, but it’s not working.

Why isn’t his meditating working? Jinder Mahal explains, but Kevin just can’t get it. Find inner peace. You must repeat the mantra. But he doesn’t want to. Charly comes over and asks if he’s shaken up. Kevin isn’t shaken! Just surprised by her is all. Kevin is glad he’s facing Strowman tonight! He is? Yes! Why would he be shaken up> Just because Strowman looks at him like a slab of bacon? Some people would be terrified of a monster, but Kevin’s faced the monster before. Kevin feels he knows everything about the monster now. He’ll go in that ring, and show the world how you destroy a monster! He goes back to meditating with Mahal, will it be enough to prepare for Strowman?

 

Backstage interview with Bobby Lashley.

How does he feel about getting Roman reigns in a match at Extreme Rules? We all saw it, Roman was feeding his own ego not tagging out. Roman got what he deserved in that tag match. The only reason Roman got what he’s gotten is because Lashley hasn’t been here. Roman’s “yard” would’ve just been a concrete patch in a trailer park. Will Lashley take over the Yard as the new Guy? Or will Roman reaffirm his Empire?

 

Kevin Owens VS Braun Strowman!

The Prizefighter wanted to be a friend, but when Strowman refused, he no longer wanted a thing to do with the #MonsterintheBank. The problem is, Strowman isn’t finished with Kevin, as he literally flipped Kevin’s car with his bare hands. Win or lose, will they be finished after tonight?

Raw returns one more time, and this match begins. Kevin fires up and ties up with Strowman, but Strowman just shoves him to a corner. Strowman roars, so Kevin bails out. Kevin hears the ring count begin, and he runs away! And he doesn’t come back. The count hits 10, Strowman wins!

Winner: Braun Strowman, by count out

But Strowman is now in hot pursuit! Kevin hurries to get out of the building and back to his car. But where are his keys?! He likely left them with his luggage in the locker room. Kevin isn’t sure what to do, so he tries to find a hiding place. He has no choice: portapotty. Strowman traces Kevin’s steps, but can’t find him. The valet attendant runs away, but Strowman keeps searching. Strowman walks down the parking lot, but can’t find Kevin. Fans chant “portapotty!” in hopes he hears. Strowman searches more, but that’s when he smells something. He smells Kevin’s fear! And more other things…? “Anybody in there?” “Go away.” So Strowman tapes up the portapotty! “I told you I’d find you!” Kevin panics and begs for mercy, but Strowman pulls the portapotty around, into the arena!

Kevin continues to beg, but he can’t do a thing as Strowman pulls the potty along. Strowman goes all the way back to ringside, knocking down anything in his way. Strowman shakes the portapotty, then drags it up to the stage. Kevin continues to beg, but Strowman ignores him. Strowman brings the portapotty across the stage, then makes sure Kevin is still conscious in there. He shoves the portapotty closer to the edge, but not all the way over. Strowman backs away, and fans know what’s coming next. Strowman runs at the portapotty and RAMS it off the stage!!

Kevin is likely battered, bruised and a mess… Fans fitting chant “holy sh*t!” The Monster looks down upon Kevin as security and medics drag him out of the wreckage and waste. Between the pain and the humiliation, will Kevin ever show his face around Raw again?

 


 

My Thoughts:

I think Raw has relapsed to the lackluster stuff from last year. Like, I think last Summer was just as bad for Raw as this Summer has been. As if fans didn’t have enough reason to dislike Roman being shoved down our throats, he gets a double-header tonight given his stories crossing over. Him having a match with Rollins against McIntyre-Ziggler would’ve been good instead of yet another team-up with Lashley, and to his character’s credit, Roman said as much. But Angle insisted and we got a double dose of The Big Dog. Though it also went in character for The Revival to attack. I just wish Roman had stayed out of the second match for whatever reason, like he was that beat up or Angle thought better of it. But at least we get Lashley VS Roman for the sake of pride.

The B Team is on the weirdest roll. Axel goes up 2-0 on Hardy (likely meant to be Bo VS Bray if Bray didn’t get in that car accident), but there’s still time before their title match. I still don’t think B Team will win, but if they do, holy crap that’d be shocking. Meanwhile, it was a given that the AoP were going to win against Titus Worldwide. I hope for AoP’s sake that they’re in the title scene going towards Summerslam, even if it’s in a crazy free-for-all with The Revival and I guess even Ziggler-McIntyre. Another unfortunate accident was Ruby Riott’s, hers might be a bit more serious. Liv & Sarah still hold their own as an act, but going by how Ember won tonight, their numbers game is obviously their strong suit, and being a woman down, it won’t work as well as it used to.

Hooray for having Dr. Shelby back to help Bayley & Sasha. Though, unlike Team Hell No uniting, this will (and should) have a complete meltdown and we get an Extreme Rules match. I was hoping this would be the one to be the Extreme Rules match, but that goes to Nia VS Alexa with Ronda in the front row, so that Ronda can get involved without the match being thrown out. Extreme Rules really should just be a PPV where all matches are No DQ by default, but WWE doesn’t want to risk (more) injuries. Nia and Mickie did great tonight, and if the team of Nia & Natty holds up, possible team for a possible Women’s Tag Division? Lastly, Strowman and Kevin basically save the night with that “match” and the portapotty spot at the end there. I bet they’ll have another match at the PPV that Kevin again won’t want.

My Score: 7.8/10

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

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NXT TakeOver WarGames II

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

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Nina Strauss joins the NXT TakeOver preshow panel!

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

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

 

Matt Riddle joins the panel!

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

 

The War has Returned Again.

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

 

Matt Riddle heads to the ring!

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

Matt Riddle VS Kassius Ohno!

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

Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall

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

 

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

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

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

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

Kairi: 0; Shayna 1

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

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

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

Kairi: 1; Shayna: 1

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

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

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

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

 

Aleister Black VS Johnny Gargano!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Aleister Black, by pinfall

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

 

NXT Championship: Tommaso Ciampa VS Velveteen Dream!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall; still NXT Champion

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

My Thoughts:

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

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

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

My Score: 9/10

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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.10 ~16TH NOVEMBER 2018

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Another wonderfully in depth recap of this week in Pro Wrestling NOAH. How is the Global League going? Let’s see what else has been going on in NOAH.





CURRENT TOUR RECAP
NOAH were in Hiroshima on the 12th November; Hiroshima is a city of mixed emotion for NOAH, for some it is home, but for the promotion as a whole it has sad associations, as Mitsuharu Misawa died there in 2009.

Hitoshi Kumano, (a local bear), took charge of fundraising for the Heavy Rain Fund (Hiroshima was hit badly earlier in the year by floods, and the mascot got yelled at by Mitsuya Nagai). Nagai was wound up by Naomichi Marufuji as well, who held the ropes open for him, a tactic which served to wind Kenoh up too. It was also the event where Kotaro Suzuki got his win over HAYATA, and sat on the ropes holding the belt up to both Daisuke Harada and HAYATA. Kotaro Suzuki later said that HAYATA bought out his trump card in the previous match (“the Headache”), and so he bought out his too, and that he would be no match for him with his own number of various maneuvers which he would bring out in the title match. They had their final match before the championship match on the 17th in Osaka, and they will both go into the match with one victory each over the other in the build up for the challenge.

Fan support is very much on the side of HAYATA (who is not NOAH born unlike Suzuki who is seen as an outsider, despite being NOAH born) to bring the championship home.

Mitsuya Nagai clashed with Naomichi Marufuji, and was chopped to shreds. Marufuji said he looked like a “boiled octopus” afterwards. Katsuhiko Nakajima would dismiss Nagai as “small fish” on the 14th, but Nagai would break through the dark cloud on the 16th when he ended the winning streak of Kohei Sato.

Despite his fluke win and spazz out victory celebration against Takashi Sugiura, Kaito Kiyomiya suffered two defeats in a row; the first being against Atsushi Kotoge on the 14th and Cody Hall on the 16th. Kotoge, however, has been on a roll and defeated Go Shiozaki on the 16th.

In a rare moment on the 14th, Masa Kitamiya and Kenoh shook hands. Kitamiya said that he did it to acknowledge that he and Kenoh (who lost to him) had practically fought to the death for the win, and that he didn’t trust wrestlers who had no ambition. Speaking of Kenoh, during the huge tag on the 16th November, his victory over

Marufuji seemingly wasn’t enough, and he decided to get his face again.

Marufuji (now with both shoulders needing athletic support) just looked tired and like he’d had enough.

The show on the 16th November was a shift in the league; Kohei Sato, Kazusada Higuchi and Go Shiozaki had their perfect records beaten by Mitsuya Nagai, Mohammed Yone and Atsushi Kotoge, and Nakajima avenged his loss against Quiet Storm in Global League 2017.

As Global League is beginning to heat up, everyone is talking about not letting anymore victories slip through their fingers, but of course, not all matches can go to a draw, and someone has to lose. There can only be two finalists, and ultimately one winner.

Full recap of Global League 2018 so far, can be found here.

Noah will be back on Saturday 17th November at the Edion Arena in Osaka, (gong sounds at 18.30).

NEWS

THE EVOLUTION OF KENOH 
The upcoming “Wrestlers Directory” 2018 (basically a guide to who is who, what, and where in 2018) was previewed and Naomichi Marufuji and Kenoh were profiled with their changing looks over the years. 

Kenoh made the following comments about his entry:

  • His 2009 picture is ugly
  • Like all trainees, he debuted with a shaved head. Says he didn’t used to cut it, and its awkward to look at it, says he didn’t think he had any money to cut it.
  • It doesn’t really translate well, but Kenoh says he cut his hair in 2012 because it had been long for long enough. In another rough translation he says that he looks like a child of badboy parents, who has been forced to pose.
  • Kenoh said about his expression that it doesn’t change, because in his every day life, he does not laugh a lot.
  • In 2015, Kenoh says that “I admired him and went blonde, but I can no longer say I have the aspiration to be like him” (he is talking about Morishima, who very sadly, has let a lot of people down, including Kenoh).

YOSHIKI INAMURA ADDED TO THE NOAH ROSTER PAGE 
At the moment there is not too much information on him apart from his birthday (November 18th 1992), his height and weight, blood type and birthplace (Otawara City in Tochigi Prefecture), date of debut and finisher. His finisher isn’t anything special at the moment, and doesn’t have a special name, being listed only as a “tackle”.

He doesn’t have a Twitter account yet.

CHRISTMAS AT MUSCLE GRILL
Naomichi Marufuji’s current restaurant MUSCLE GRILL in Tokyo will be having a Christmas party on the 22nd December. Naomichi Marufuji, Hi69, Tadasuke, Atsushi Kotoge and Junta Miyawaki will be attending, but obviously this depends on whether or not they manage to stay injury free.

Event is now full.

HAJIME OHARA IN CHINA
Hajime Ohara has missed some Noah dates as he is training the Eastern Hero Athletes in Shanghai, and also when they visit the Noah dojo in Saitama. Ohara is known to be a very strict trainer with a lot of emphasis on health and well-being, which goes further than working out as he is a big advocate for healthy eating and avoiding alcohol (although he does seem to have a weakness for cake); he has banned smoking during training sessions, forbidding his students to smoke while on breaks.

NOAH IN 2019 
Noah have announced the dates for “Navigation for The Future 2019”. The tour will run from January 6th to Friday, February 1st. They have also announced their (provisional) Korakuen Hall schedule for 2019.

TAKESHI MORISHIMA UPDATE
There has been no real news following Morishima’s arrest earlier in the month, but further sad details have come to light about his behavior prior to the arrest and his living circumstances.

Morishima it seems was (and is) homeless and without any form of income, and was begging for drinks, even using the tactic of asking to drink with the bar staff as it meant he would be given free drinks.

The management company who were sponsoring his return had originally put him up in an apartment, which they paid the rent for. The deal was that Morishima would concentrate on his return, however, Morishima didn’t do this, and preferred alcohol to training. The President of the company, seeing that Morishima wasn’t giving anything in return despite repeated requests for him to change his ways, eventually lost his patience and told Morishima to pack up and leave.

Morishima, seemingly unconcerned about this, told him flippantly that he was drinking in Shinjuku, and if he wanted the keys, he should come and get them.

GHC BELT NEWS

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Takashi Sugiura
  • GHC Junior Champion: Kotaro Suzuki
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Naomichi Marufuji & Akitoshi Saito
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: Minoru Tanaka & Hi69

The winner of Global League 2018 will earn the right to challenge Takashi Sugiura for the GHC Heavyweight title, if he himself wins, Sugiura says that he will nominate Masato Tanaka as his challenger.

Kotaro Suzuki will defend the GHC Junior Heavyweight title against HAYATA on the 17th November at Edion Arena, Osaka.

The GHC Heavyweight Tag titles have not had a challenger as of yet, and probably won’t until after Global League wraps up. Mitsuya Nagai has hinted that he may challenge, but Saito said that he will not be granted a title shot. Katsuhiko Nakajima was asked if he was going to challenge after the Global League match with Saito, and said cryptically, he was “in the mood for shopping” (i.e., shopping around to see what deal is best).

The GHC Junior Tag Championship will be challenged for by Koji Kanemoto and Hiroshi Yamato on the 25th November at Korakuen Hall. Seiya Morohashi has also challenged for them, his partner at this time is as yet unknown, but it is thought it will either be TAMURA or Kouki Iwasaki.

TOUR TIDBITS

  • Atsushi Kotoge drinks “Revolutionary Coffee”
  • Naomichi Marufuji sat on a wet bench wearing thin grey pants…
  • There was a cat at the hotel in Ehime, much to YO-HEY’s delight
  • Kaito Kiyomiya appears to be being fitted for tailored suits (long gone are the days of the oversize one thank god)
  • Daisuke Harada celebrated his 32nd birthday on the 13th November (President Uchida did not even know it was his birthday!), and Yoshiki Inamura will celebrate his 26th birthday on November 18th, Takashi Sugiura bought him an early birthday cake and a small party was held at a restaurant Inamura had been taken out to by his seniors.
  • Shu Nishinaga said Ally (the ring announcer) “whined like a child” for udon noodles.
  • Naomichi Marufuji says he was disturbed by mosquitoes, in November, which woke him up at 2.30am
  • Kenoh apparently went jogging in the Imperial Palace Gardens in Kyoto (a fan who saw him, thought he was a blonde delinquent fleeing the law before it was discovered it was Kenoh)

KING SHAMELESS CORNER 
After weeks of silence. Takashi Sugiura is back, posting a picture of Masao Inoue holding an ice cream cone with white foam in it and labeling it “mood” and photographing erotic looking food.

I’ll leave it to your (and his) dirty imagination as to what exactly he meant by oysters being “erotic”…

BROADCASTS
The final night of Global League, 25th November, will be broadcast at 6pm on Saturday 8th December
The event on the 12th December, will be broadcast on the 15th December
The event on the 16th December, will be broadcast on the 22nd December

This is more than usual, and all seem to be going out on a weekly basis. This makes me wonder if the network are trying something out.

LINKS
K-FORCE: music inspired by Katsuhiko Nakajima
ARTICLE: “Traces to Nowhere: the tragic story behind the Takeshi Morishima arrest”
News article on Takeshi Morishima’s drunken and chaotic life
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IPW are the official vendors of Noah merchandise, please click here for shop
English translation of “Heir to the Ark” (Naomichi Marufuji’s biography) ~ work in progress





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