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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Report! (7/23/18)

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The Raw Commissioner, Stephanie McMahon, returns to make a MAJOR announcement! Plus, Roman Reigns VS Bobby Lashley, winner faces Brock Lesnar at Summerslam!

 

All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Raw Tag Team Championships: The B-Team VS The Deleters of Worlds; The B-Team wins and retain the Raw Tag Team Championships.
  • Sasha Banks & Bayley VS Samantha Simon & Karen Lundee; Bayley & Sasha win.
  • Mickie James w/ Alexa Bliss VS Natalya; Mickie wins.
  • The Authors of Pain VS ???; no contest.
  • Tyler Breeze VS Mojo Rawley; Mojo wins.
  • Finn Balor VS Drew McIntyre; Finn wins, by disqualification.
  • Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre VS Seth Rollins & Finn Balor; Rollins & Balor win.
  • Ember Moon VS Liv Morgan; Ember wins.
  • WWE Universal Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Roman Reigns VS Bobby Lashley; Reigns wins and will challenge Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship at Summerslam.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Raw Roster is on stage.

Because Vince McMahon is here! He welcomes Cincinnati to the show, and introduces his daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie McMahon & Triple H! Yes, the Raw Commissioner and COO join the Chairman in the ring for this major announcement.

Stephanie lets the fans boo before speaking on this historic moment “that some of us will remember for the rest of our lives.” Triple H takes a moment to acknowledge the WWE Superstars. Not just the ones on stage but all the stars across all brands. All the stars from all the branches of WWE are here to fulfill a desire to entertain the world. Nights like this happen because of them. Their passion, sacrifice, blood, sweat & tears make this possible, but not alone. This is a giant team, a bond that is created when you’re a WWE superstar in this ring, putting your trust in someone else’s hands. HHH has never seen that bond stronger than this here today.

With that said, HHH wishes for the women to step forward. Every woman from Sasha Banks to the IIconics to Nikki Cross step forward. The men behind them support all the women, as does the WWE Universe. The fans let the women know that every night, “since day one, through history.” From the first Women’s Ironman to Money in the Bank, Royal Rumble, all of it. And WWE itself has stood in awe watching the women work, some with a tear in their eyes, “as you have stolen the show again and again.” HHH wants them to know that everyone is so proud of them.

Stephanie says that big moments don’t happen just because of opportunity, talent or labels, but because the fans deem it important. They happen because fans deem it worthy as part of something they love. More opportunities were demanded with #GiveDivasAChance. And because of the fans, Divas became SUPERSTARS! Women can do and be anything they want! Thanks to the fans, the WWE can make yet another first-ever announcement. October 28th, 50 women will participate in WWE Evolution, the first-ever ALL WOMEN’S PPV! The Women’s Championships and the finals of the second-ever Mae Young Classic tournament are just some of what happens there, how much more amazing will this event become in the coming weeks?

 

The Deleters of Worlds speak.

Cincinnati, they’re here!

 

The B Team meet backstage.

WWE Evolution will be incredible! Axel wants to see Rousey. No, Charlotte! Wait, let’s focus on the title defense. Bo says this run is a dream come true. Ten weeks ago, they could barely win, but now, they’re the champions! They’ve always been a team, but there’s no one that they’d rather team with. B also stands for Brothers! And for BEST! But don’t forget the belts. B Team, GO~!

 

“Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.”

The Drifter is in Cincinnati, but he is INTERRUPTED~ by the Woken Ying Yang!

Raw Tag Team Championships: The B-Team VS The Deleters of Worlds!

The time has come for Curt Axel & Bo Dallas to defend their titles against the former champions. Will WOKEN Hardy & Bray Wyatt finally DELETE the upstart underdogs unequivocally?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we begin! Hardy starts against Bo and circle before tying up. Hardy gets a headlock and drags Bo over. Bray tags in but Bo gets away. Fans fire up while Axel encourages Bo. Bo circles with Bray, then run. Bray runs Bo over with the body check! He warns Axel before dragging Bo up for an uppercut. Bray uppercuts Bo again, then laughs as he reels Bo in for a lariat. Bray drags Bo up, prepares Abigail but Axel comes in. hardy helps Bray fight both B Team members off, then Brya spider-walks! “DELETE! DELETE!” echoes out while the B Team slip out of the ring for a moment. The Deleters have the mental advantage while we go to break.

Raw returns, and The B Team has Bray down! Axel snapmares and neck snaps, cover, TWO. Hardy rallies up the fans while The Revival watch backstage. Axel has a headlock but Bray powers his way back. Axel knees low and powers Bray to the corner. Bo tags in and hits a clothesline to fee Bray to Axel’s knee! Cover, TWO! Bo wraps Bray in a chinlock, but fans rally up for The Deleters. Bray feeds off the energy but Bo knees low. Bo runs, but into a clubbing lariat! Both Bray and Bo are down, and the fans fire up. Hot tags to Hardy and Axel! Hardy rallies on Axel, then whips. He runs Axel over with an elbow, then a lariat. Hardy puts Axel in a corner for DELETE buckle bumps, all three levels!

Hardy is fired up and he runs in for the clothesline. He reels Axel in, Side Effect! Cover, TWO! But Hardy keeps going as he climbs up. He aims at Axel for the elbow! Hardy calls for the Twist, and lurks behind Axel. Hardy kicks low, TWIST OF FATE! Cover, but Bo breaks it! Bray hits Bo, but then misses into a corner. He runs into Hardy, Axel rolls Hardy up, B TEAM WINS!!

Winner: The B Team; still Raw Tag Team Champions

A shocking upset for the champions as they retain tonight! Miscommunication and misdirection were the downfall of Hardy & Wyatt, but they stop to say… “Wonderful!” The fans join in the round of applause, but then Hardy & Wyatt give Bo & Axel a Twist of Fate and Sister Abigail! Respect has been DELETED in this rivalry, but will Wyatt & Hardy find their way back to REDEMPTION?

 

Fnn Balor meets with Chad Gable.

Finn’s happy to see Gable back, but why’s he in his gear? Because he always stays #ReadyWillingAnd– Yeah, okay but what about WWE Evolution? Yeah! Is it current or legends, too? Who knows. But wait, is that Finn’s suitcase? And his jacket? What’s going on here? Constable Corbin is moving Finn to a new locker room. Seriously? Finn follows the staff to the “locker room”. It’s a little playhouse, complete with crayons and stuffed animals.

Corbin walks over and says that after Finn’s win at Extreme Rules, he’s “too big” not to have a private room. And this is perfect for someone of his “stature.” Finn tells Corbin he’s a great constable. Finn’s always wanted a fun house, so thanks! Corbin is annoyed that his jokes aren’t upsetting Finn, so he reminds Finn he’s having a match with Drew McIntyre. Will Finn have fun in the ring against the Scottish Terminator?

 

Backstage interview with Bayley & Sasha Banks.

With this emotional roller coaster they’ve been on, can they finally work together as a team? Since last week, the two friends talked it out after last week’s confession. They have their differences, but that’s what makes them such strong friends. They’re very different, but very driven. Their dreams get bigger with #WWEEvolution. And it was really nice to finally hear Sasha’s true feelings for the Huggable One. And surely she feels the same about The Boss. Time to take over the world! Can the Odd Couple of the Raw Women’s Division use friendship to find victory?

 

Sasha Banks & Bayley VS Samantha Simon & Karen Lundee!

Bayley starts against ?? and ties up. She powers ?? to the corner, then snake eyes on the buckle. She hits a back elbow and tags in Sasha. Sasha adds in double knees, then wrenches ??’s arm. ?? throws Sasha down and rams in a shoulder. She tags in !!, who grinds her boot into Sasha. Sasha fights out, and counters a kick with a knee! Sasha tags in Bayley, and the friends work together for the assisted splash. Bayley tags Sasha back, they double cross the arms then whip her into buckles. Sasha snapmares !! and Bayley adds the knee. Bayley takes ouat ?? while Sasha puts on the Bank Statement. !! taps, Sasha & Bayley win!

Winners: Sasha & Bayley, Sasha by submission

Friendship wins, and fast! They hug in victory, ready for WWE Evolution. Will the friendship help them find a spot on the historic PPV?

 

“Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.”

Again. But the Drifter’s debut album is available now! But here comes BRAUN!! The Monster in the Bank goes to the ring, and fans chant “Get These Hands!” The WWE universe is talking about two things: first, WWE Evolution in October. Braun wishes to congratulate all the women in the WWE, especially his Mixed Match Challenge partner, Alexa Bliss. Secondly, the commotion of Roman Reigns VS Bobby Lashley to name a #1 contender. They’re like bulls butting heads in the ring, but only one gets to face Brock Lesnar at Summerslam. But the way Strowman sees it, it won’t matter if it’s Reigns, Lashley or Lesnar, sooner or later, “a Monster is gonna come calling” because he has the briefcase! What does WWE Universe think of Braun as the Universal Champion? Fans like the sound of that! But here comes Kevin Owens!

Despite that crash off a cage and through a table at Extreme Rules, the Prizefighter slowly and sorely walks out on stage to address Strowman. “I can’t believe it.” After what he did to Kevin, Strowman thinks he can act like nothing happened? That he can just move on to the Universal Championship? No, no, NO!! When Kevin wanted to be friends, that was genuine kindness. And because of Kevin’s 10 year old son wanting to be a champion beside Strowman like Nicholas once was. But Strowman crushed that dream the same time he crushed Kevin. Kevin’s kids thought he was indestructible, but now they’re afraid to see Kevin just walking around. Kevin has a family, but Strowman tried to take away how he takes care of them. But now, Kevin will take everything from Strowman! Hobble your ass down here and try!

Strowman would like that, but Kevin won’t give Strowamn what he wants. Kevin won, but Strowman’s problems are only just beginning. Because Baron Corbin appears! The Constable reminds us that the Commissioner is here, and she gave Corbin the authority to handle this situation. At Extreme Rules, Strowman throwing Kevin down was legal, but “morally reprehensible.” Constable Corbin has done what he can to support growth. He even tried to help Finn grow, but he can only grow so much. As for Braun, Corbin knows there’s someone who can teach Strowman how to control that temper. Here comes Jinder Mahal!

The Modern Day Maharaja and Man of Peace heads to the ring, Sunil Singh in tow. They come in peace, and sense “a storm of anger” brewing inside Strowman. Help Mahal help you to find that calm, that nirvana. Strowman has done far too much damage in the WWE. Stephanie and Corbin have personally appointed Mahal as Strowman’s guidance counselor to help him find inner peace. Strowman may be skeptical, but simply close yoru eyes, take in a deep breath, and repeat: “Shanti…!” Strowman speaks up, this already isn’t working. He admits he has a temper, but he already has a mantra. C’mere, little man. Yes, you, Sunil. Strowman’s not gonna bite, just hold the mic. Strowman wants Sunil to close his eyes, and Mahal, too. WWE Universe, close your eyes and breathe deep. Repeat after Strowman: “Get. These. Hands. Get. These. Hands. Get These Hands!”

The fans repeat the mantra, and Strowman boots Mahal! Sunil fails to run away, and he gets thrown into Mahal! Then Strowman picks Sunil back up, for the Monster Slam! Strowman has his inner peace, it’s just more than anyone else can handle. Will whoever is Universal Champion after Summerslam #GetTheseHands?

 

Mickie James w/ Alexa Bliss VS Natalya!

The Women’s Division gets to shine as two veterans strut their stuff. Will the six-time Women’s Champion or the Queen of Harts gain momentum towards WWE Evolution?

The bell rings and Natty gets a waistlock. She slams Mickie down, then brings her back up. Mickie elbows out, but Natty clubs her again. Natty snapmares Mickie then walks all over her. Alexa gets no the apron but Natty goes after her. Mickie attacks Natty from behind, then kicks her while she’s down. Mickie bounces Natty off the mat, then locks on a chinlock. She makes it a Last Chancery, but Natty rolls through it. Mickie holds on, then wrenches Natty’s neck. They stands up, but Mickie knees low. Natty throws an elbow, but Mickie throws her down by her hair. Mickie covers, TWO, but she keeps on Natty with the half-nelson. Alexa shouts at Natty to give up while fans rally up. Natty stands and arm-drags her way out of the hold. Mickie throws Natty at buckles but Natty turns it around.

Natty boots Mickie away, then gets the Russian Leg Sweep. Natty slaps Mickie, then snap suplexes. She rams Mickie into the corner then rams her shoulders in. She shouts at Alexa to shut up, but then runs into headscissors. Natty turns it into an Electric Chair Drop! Both women are down, but Alexa coaches Mickie up. The fans rally, and both women stir. Mickie sits up but Natty runs all over her to basement dropkick. Cover, TWO! Natty goes for the legs but gets pushed all the way out. Mickie runs into a shoulder, but Alexa gets away with a trip. Natty retaliates with a discus lariat! But then she runs into the MICK KICK! Cover, Mickie wins!

Winner: Mickie James, by pinfall

The Ms. Marvel of WWE wins with some help from The Goddess, but the Goddess got the worst of it. Will Alexa be ready for Rowdy Ronda Rousey at Summerslam? Or has this suspension only made Ronda stronger?

 

Backstage interview with Roman Reigns!

The Big Dog has a rematch with The Dominator from Extreme Rules, a match where he lost. What makes tonight different? Tonight’s the night of firsts, because Roman will beat Lashley for the first time. Roman has that L on his record, but he has no one to make excuses. But these last 5 years, Roman is a workhorse and the most decorated superstar in the WWE. Roman adds another thing to his record with a win over Lashley. Fans can boo it and hate it, complain that Roman’s being “crammed down our throats”, but you either accept it or shut up. Roman doesn’t care who says what, he’s going to Summerslam, taking the Universal Championship, and whooping Lesnar’s ass. Is the next step to that happening here tonight?

 

“Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.”

Third time’s the charm, right? The Drifter reminds us his debut album, Walk With Elias, is available now on iTunes, Spotify and other music sources. But here come the Authors of Pain!

The Authors of Pain VS ???

“We won’t wait forever.” They have an open challenge for anyone but Titus Worldwide, who have already lost plenty of times. But Titus & Apollo still come out? They bring Dana Brooke with them to tell Akam & Rezar that “there’s no questions that you two are legit.” These two are two of the strongest today, but also the youngest. Akam & Rezar have a lot to learn. What can these two “learn” them? They’re just trying to help. With what? How to trip and fall? Well there’s no problem with falling down. Titus fell at the Greatest Royal Rumble, but he got back up.

Apollo explains that learning from Titus, he learned how great Titus really is. Titus showed Apollo what it means to be an asset to the community. Akam & Rezar need to show respect. Titus has been a WWE superstar a long time, and seen a lot of great “talent” come and go. Titus knows something, and it’s a lot more than Akam & Rezar combined know. And to be straight up, if either of them had half the class Titus has, they’d be champions and championship quality people. Akam thinks he and Rezar spoke too soon. Titus can do something for them: retire. Sometimes in life, in order to teach people a lesson, they gotta get beat. And a fight breaks out!

They pair off and Apollo gets Rezar out of the ring. He and Titus hit Akam together and send him out! Titus Worldwide stands tall, but AoP are still standing. Will this lesson of respect sink in for Akam & Rezar? Or will Akam & Rezar simply sink their teeth into Titus Worldwide?

 

Kurt Angle talks with Stephanie backstage.

Angle was worried, but after that news, nothing makes him prouder to be her GM. She thanks him, but then Corbin and Kevin come in. Corbin wants to see how they’re to address the Strowman situation. Is Kevin okay? That fall… no, he’s not well. The medical team has been great, but this monstrous vendetta is too much. It’s a vendetta Angle has let run wild. Kevin was thrown over 20 feet down, it was dangerous and life-threatening. Strowman tried to take everything from Kevin, so maybe Kevin can take everything from Strowman. He wants a rematch, but only if it’s for the MITB contract! And it doesn’t matter how, pin, submission, DQ, count out, either way, Kevin gets the contract. That’s absurd! But Stephanie thinks it’s a good idea. Kevin has his match, but will he #GetTheseHands instead of getting the prize?

 

Tyler Breeze VS Mojo Rawley!

Prince Pretty got the rematch he wanted, but will he regret wanting a second round with the #KillerInstinct?

The bell rings, and Breeze dropkicks Mojo! Mojo hits back, then throws Breeze out tot he apron. Breeze holds on to shoulder back in. Breeze slingshots up and over, but Mojo POUNCES! Mojo trash talks Breeze as he stands over him. He drags Breeze up for an aggressive half nelson. Bobby Roode calls in from backstage to respond to how Mojo has looked down on him. Roode is comfortable being himself. Mojo can troll all he wants, but that won’t hurt Roode’s feelings.

Back in the ring, Mojo drags Breeze up for a back suplex. Breeze lands on his feet to enziguri Mojo to a corner. Breeze runs in, but into a catapult! He hits buckles, Mojo runs in but misses! Breeze rolls Mojo up, TWO! Mojo misses again, but then catches Breeze to drive him into buckles. Then it’s the Alabama Slam sit-out! Cover, Mojo wins!

Winner: Mojo Rawley, by pinfall

He’s no longer all hype, Mojo is all aggression. Mojo keeps winning, but will he start heading towards a title?

 

Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre speak.

The Intercontinental Champion Show-Off and the Scottish Terminator have a plan to take over all of Raw. This plan is sophisticated and complex, and it’s working. Seth Rollins tried to ruin their plans, but lost to the real Ironman of Raw. McIntyre was going to be a possible contender for the Universal Championship but he’s not there. He didn’t lose, Finn did. But McIntyre will take advantage and wipe Finn’s smile off his face, “permanently”! And that match is next!

 

“Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.”

He is over with being interrupted! He– Finn Balor appears!

Finn Balor VS Drew McIntyre!

The Extraordinary Man says Balor Club is for everyone, but he can’t help but exclude The Drifter. Will Finn find a way to win against the Scottish Terminator to make all of Raw into Finn’s Fun House? Or is there only a Claymore in his future?

The bell rings, and McIntyre kneels, daring Finn to do something. Finn approaches, but then McIntyre stands up to loom over him. Finn throws forearms and body shots and kicks, but McIntyre clubs back and floors him. McIntyre drags Finn up for a swift chop, then another. Finn is stinging but McIntyre keeps on him, only for McIntyre to run into a dropkick! McIntyre ends up outside, and Finn builds speed, TO FLY! Finn flexes while we go to break.

Raw returns as McIntyre wrenches Finn’s arm in the ring. Finn stands up, fights back, but is whipped hard into a corner. McIntyre looms over him while fans chant for Finn. Finn slowly stands but McIntyre kicks and deadlift suplexes Finn down! Cover, TWO! McIntyre keeps on Finn with that armlock and a chinbar. Finn endures the wrenching while fans rally up again. Finn fights but is whipped into a corner again. he boots back, then hits McIntyre with a forearm. McIntyre merely staggers, so Finn hits him again. McIntyre still stands, but Finn runs, tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cover, TWO!

Finn is shocked, but he’s not out of ideas. He goes corner to corner to chop McIntyre on the run. He chops McIntyre again, then whips. McIntyre reverses but Finn goes up and over, only to be caught. He manages to escape and kick back! McIntyre’s down, Finn goes up! Finn bails out of the Coup de Grace but hits the Slingblade! Then the blasting dropkick! Finn goes up again, but Ziggler trips him!

Winner; Finn Balor, by disqualification

Finn gets the win, but not the way he wanted. Ziggler doesn’t care, he just stomps Finn out. McIntyre slowly stands back up, but here comes Seth Rollins! The Architect rushes the ring, dumps McIntyre out, then fires hands on Ziggler! He whips Ziggler but Ziggler bails out. The Show-Off and the Scotsman regroup to retreat. Rollins helps Finn up, and here comes Angle! The Raw GM isn’t letting this happen, because it’s going to be a tag team match, right now!

Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre VS Seth Rollins & Finn Balor!

The bell rings, and both Architect & Extraordinary Man rush the champ and the cheat! They hit them on the ramp, then bring them back to the ring. Rollins and McIntyre brawl, then so do Finn and Ziggler. Finn clotheslines Ziggler out, then helps Rollins against McIntyre. They double clothesline him out, and are ready to #BurnItDown! Ziggler & McIntyre regroup, and it’s Ziggler who starts officially with Rollins. They brawl then Ziggler gets a headlock. Rollins powers out and things speed up, BIG hip toss. Cover, TWO, and Ziggler rolls away. Rollins wants after Ziggler, but McIntyre keeps Ziggler safe. Ziggler circles with Rollins again, but Ziggler kicks low and throws hands in a corner. Rollins hits back while fans are fired up for him. Rollins throws Ziggler out, then slingshots out for the plancha! The former IC Champion has the current champ on the defensive while we go to break.

Raw returns and Rollisn runs Ziggler over. Cover, TWO, but Rollisn brings Ziggler over. Finn tags in and kicks the champ to then chop the champ. Finn whips ZIggler corner to corner but runs into an elbow. Ziggler catches his breath, then brings Finn up. He whips but Finn reverses. Ziggler sunset flips but Finn rolls through to dropkick! Cover, TWO, so Finn hits McINtyre. Ziggler powers Finn back and McIntyre tags in. McIntyre throws hands on Finn, then stomps. McIntyre drags Finn up to snapmare into an armlock camel clutch. He even grinds his forearm into Finn’s face. Fans rally up for Finn, and Finn powers out of the hold. Finn reaches for Rollins, but has to fight McIntyre off first. Mcintyre whips Finn into his corner hard, then runs to dropkick Finn out of the ring.

McIntyre fetches Finn to dump him on the barrier! He shows no mercy as he drags Finn up by his ears. He puts Finn in the ring, then tags in Ziggler. Ziggler embraces the heat but Finn hits back. Finn throws forearms but Ziggler keeps him away from Rollins. Ziggler whips Finn into a forearm, but gets the PELE! Both men are down, and fans rally up. Hot tag to McINtyre, who stops Finn from getting his. McINtyre throws Finn into a corner but misses, hot tag to Rollisn! Rollisn clothseliens McIntyre out, then DIVES! he gets both McINtyre & Ziggler! Rollins puts McNItyre in, then throws Ziggler into barriers! Rollins climbs up and hits McINtyre again, to springboard clothesline him down! Fans fire up as Rollins hits the forearm smash. He keeps moving, and boots McIntyre first. Rollins hops up, blockbuster! Cover, TWO!

Rollins keeps his focus while catching his breath. Fans already chant it, but Rollins stomps for “Burn It Down!” Rollins aims, to mule kick, but Ziggler stands up. Rollins knocks him away, rolls McIntyre, TWO, SUPERKICK! Cover again, but Ziggler breaks it in time. Finn returns and aims at Ziggler. Slingblade! But Finn runs into a SUPERKICK! Rollins mule kicks Ziggler, but runs into McIntyre’s elbow. McIntyre lifts Rollins, inverted Alabama slam! Cover, TWO! McIntyre is shocked, but fans are rallying for Rollins. Ziggler wants the tag, so McIntyre gives it to him. They work together, electric chair lift while Ziggler climbs up. Rollins trips Ziggler and throws hands on McIntyre! Huricanrana throws McIntyre out, CURB STOMP on Ziggler! Cover, Rollins & Finn win!

Winners: Seth Rollins & Finn Balor, Rollins pinning

The Architect may not be the Ironman, but he shows he and Finn can survive Iron Dolph and the menacing McIntyre. Will one or both of these men find themselves in a title hunt on the road to Summerslam?

 

Backstage interview with Bobby Lashley.

The Dominator prepares for a rematch with The Big Dog, to see who challenges The Beast. What’s going through his mind? This is why Lashley came back! When the lights are the brightest, Lashley does his best. Lashley’s already won a Wrestlemania main event, but Roman has only failed time and again. Roman will fail again, and then Lesnar will appear next week. Lashley will walk up to Lesnar and introduce himself. The Beast better be rested, because there’s no sleep ’til Brooklyn for Bobby. Will he stomp the Yard again and prove he’s the true alpha male?

 

Ember Moon VS Liv Morgan!

It’s another rematch between the Prophecy of Flame and the Juvenile Delinquent! However, with Ruby Riott still recovering from injury and Sarah Logan banned from ringside by GM Angle, Liv has to go it alone. Can Liv finally get herself on the board by herself? Or will Ember continue to Eclipse the smaller third of the Riott Squad?

The bell rings and Ember dropkicks Liv quick. She hits a back elbow in the corner, then lifts Liv for a fall away slam. Ember is fired up already, then runs in for the handspring forearm smash! She keeps on Liv but Liv runs away. Liv catches her breath, then avoids Ember’s dive. Ember knew she would, and comes back into the ring. Ember counters the clothesline to kick and knee. Liv shoves Ember, then whips her. Liv avoids the springboard crossbody to enziguri Ember while she’s down. Cover, TWO! She tries again, TWO. Liv keeps her cool, then throws Ember down by her hair. Liv stalks Ember to the ropes, then stretches her back against them with the backpack sleeper! She lets go at 4, then throws Ember down again. Cover, TWO, but Liv drags Ember into another sleeper.

Liv shrieks as she thrashes Ember around. Ember endures both the squeeze and the screams, to fight out with a jawbreaker. Liv crawls away, then runs into a roll up, TWO. Ember counters but misses, to then tilt-o-whirl into a facebuster. Cover, TWO! Ember crawls to a corner, then begins her climb. Liv stands, to trip Ember up again. Liv kicks Ember, then climbs up to join her. She prepares but Ember denies the superplex. Liv clubs away but Ember holds on. Ember clubs back, then throws Liv down for a super gordbuster! Ember adjusts, shrieks her own shriek, ECLIPSE! Cover, Ember wins!

Winner: Ember Moon, by pinfall

It’s a perfect 3-0 for Ember over Liv! The War Goddess will not stop on her own warpath towards the title. Will she get her chance at Evolution to evolve her career?

 

Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.

From the smile on his face, his talk with Kurt Angle went well. Of course, Rollins is happy for everything happening tonight, from the all women’s PPV to his win over Ziggler. Rollins has a match for Summerslam, but what is it? Rollins VS Ziggler, for the Intercontinental Championship, one more time. Time to #BurnItDown in Brooklyn! Will The Architect walk out of Summerslam the new IC Champion one more time?

 

“Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.”

The Drifter waits to see if anyone will interrupt. After a few moments, he begins. Only for Kurt Angle to return! Angle tells Elias this isn’t on purpose. Elias has been interrupted all night, but Angle wants him to know, this time is all for him now. The people want to hear a song from his debut album. Cincinnati confirms, and Elias thanks Angle. Angle’s actually okay in his book. Elias begins again, saying his album will change your life in an instant. Buy two, one for yourself, and one for who you become after listening the first time.

Elias gives a quick shout out to O.A.R. in the front row. They thank him, even as Elias says they’ve looked up to him. They wanted to be on that album so badly, but Elias is the biggest act in the world. He’s just too busy to collaborate.  But O.A.R. knows that WWE really stands for the title of his album, “Walk With Elias”! Elias finally plays his guitar and begins a song. “Hey hey~ hey~~!” Elias is in a world of madness, and trying to escape. He thinks to himself, what’s it gonna take? Elias has sharks swimming in the sea and alligators as his feet, but everyone’s walking now, “so walk with me.”

Wait, Elias isn’t feeling the vibe here. Where are they? Cincinnati? That makes sense, because he’s nauseated. Elias tried, he really did, but he is not able to tolerate “the grossest collection of human beings” he’s ever seen. This pause in the performance allows Lashley to make his entrance!

WWE Universal Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Roman Reigns VS Bobby Lashley!

The Dominator surprised many at Extreme Rules by winning over The Big Dog cleanly. But now, they do it all over again for a major opportunity! Who conquers the other tonight to then try to conquer The Conqueror, Brock Lesnar?

The bell rings and it begins! Roman and Lashley circle then tie up. Lashley powers Roman to a corner but Roman turns it around. They end up in another corner, then another corner. Roman backs off while fans duel on whether or not “Roman Sucks!” Roman uppercuts Lashley, then whips. Lashley reverses but Roman hits the leaping lariat! Cover, ONE, but Roman clotheslines Lashley out of the ring. Roman pursues Lashley, then bumps him off barriers. They go back in the ring, but Lashley mule kicks and runs. Lashley clubs Roman down, then again. Lashley runs and clotheslines Roman out. Roman catches his breath, as does Lashley. Lashley exits but gets another uppercut. Roman aims at Lashley, comes running in, but is caught! Lashley throws Roman overhead! Both big men are down while we go to break.

Raw returns once more to find the two men slugging it out. Roman runs, but into a spinebuster! Cover, TWO! Lashley tries again, TWO. Lashley keeps his cool as grabs Roman’s arms. He pulls on them while digging in a knee. Roman endures, but Lashley puts more of his weight on that knee. He powers one arm out, but Lashley keeps on the other. Roman works his way up to his feet, then out of the hold. He headbutts Lashley, then throws haymakers. Lashley shoves Roman, but double clotheslines take them both down. The referee begins a count, and Lashley stands first. Roman follows, and they start throwing hands fast and furious! Roman uppercuts, then runs, but Lashley leaps over to clothesline Roman down. He throws Roman with another overhead suplex, then hits a big clothesline. Lashley keeps going, for a big shoulder tackle.

Lashley drags Roman out, but Roman fireman’s carry! Roman can’t keep Lashley, so he dumps Lashley out. Lashley lands on the apron this time but gets an uppercut for it. Roman runs, but into a big clothesline! Roman crawls away, but Lashley takes aim. Lashley runs, but is tossed out! Roman takes aim, and gets a guillotine leg drop! Cover, TWO! Both men are sore, but Roman fires himself back up. Fans boo and jeer as Roman locks and loads. He aims, but Lashley blocks the Superman Punch into a full nelson! Lashley bends Roman, and Roman begins to fade. Roman gets a second wind, and backs Lashley into a corner. He throws big elbows on Lashley, then runs back in, but into a complete shot! Lashley rolls Roman over for an Anaconda Vice!

Roman is stuck but reaching. Fans duel while Lashley traps that arm. Roman works to use his other arm, and all his power. Cover, TWO! The two separate, but then turn back around. Lashley runs but misses, hitting post instead! Roman is down from exhaustion while Lashley pulls himself out of the corner. Roman stands up again, and unleashes the close-range clotheslines. He gets all 10, then catches his breath to run. Lashley powerslams him! Cover, TWO!! Lashley grows frustrated, but he has his ace still to play. He takes aim at the downed Big Dog. Roman slowly stirs while fans continue to duel. Roman stands, and Lashley runs in, but into a LEG LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Now Roman is shocked, but he has the same move to play.

Roman fires himself up, and the fans are divided. He drags Lashley up, but Lashley hits back. SUPERMAN PUNCH on the return! Cover, TWO!! But Roman still has that move. He goes to the corner, and fans reach fever pitches on both sides. Lashley knows it’s coming, so he bails out of the ring. Lashley staggers while the referee keeps Roman back. Roman slips out the back, then comes around the side, using the steps for a– another catch! Roman fights out, then runs back in, but he gets tossed into the ring! The landing was rough, and Lashley comes in for the SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!?!? HOW!? Whether the fans like it or not, no one can believe it.

Lashley regains focus, and prepares another go. He aims at Roman, teeth bared. Lashley runs in, but gets a SUPERMAN PUNCH! Roman fires up, lets out the howl, but runs into a boot! But he still SPEARS! Cover, Roman wins!

Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinfall

Not only does Roman make up for his Extreme Rules loss, but he punches his ticket to Brooklyn! However, both roman and Lashley have earned each other’s respect, as shown by their handshake after. The Big Dog gets one more chance at The Beast, will he finally make this one an undeniable victory? Or will his track record continue as he falls short of dethroning the reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Champion?

 


 

My Thoughts:

What a great opportunity for Raw and WWE, that mostly stalled out and then went into a ditch at the end. The official announcement of the all women’s PPV is of course amazing, and we already got the beginning of a great match card. Raw Women’s Championship, SmackDown Women’s Championship, apparently the NXT Women’s Championship, and then the finals of the second Mae Young Classic tournament. That alone is great, but I’m still hoping that we hear about the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships very soon. That possibility continues to be supported by Bayley and Sasha being put in a filler tag team match for an easy win. And since WWE Evolution comes after Summerslam, I still foresee a WWE Four Horsewomen match for those titles with Becky & Charlotte coming from SmackDown.

The Women’s Division also got a lot of play tonight with Mickie beating Natty and Ember again beating Liv Morgan. For the same reason as Bayley & Sasha can make their way to the Women’s Tag titles, Natty can team with Nia while the Squad works together to also battle Alexa & Mickie as part of a huge build to that title match. That way, there’re plenty of teams to justify a Women’s Tag Division of sorts. As for Ember, she’ll surely move up to the singles title, even if Rousey wins. I am again surprised The B Team is still winning, and also surprised to see The Deleters basically going Heel. The Revival continues to lurk backstage while AoP and Titus Worldwide continue their own feud, so I hope Raw has something big for their tag titles at Summerslam.

Roode talks while Mojo beats Breeze, that feud is continuing. Then Finn still has issues with Corbin, while keeping himself going in the rest of the midcard with that great “impromptu” tag match with Rollins, McIntyre and Ziggler. While Rollins has his match with Ziggler, I am hoping we get a bigger match that throws all the others in. Unfortunately, one match WWE is throwing in is Kevin VS Strowman for the MITB briefcase. This is already a bad sign in combination with Roman actually winning tonight. Roman winning to challenge Lesnar again, and there’s a chance that Strowman won’t get to cash in because he won’t even have the briefcase. Kevin could easily have someone attack him to DQ Strowman and then whether Lesnar retains, Roman wins or Kevin cashes in, fans will riot. And in Brooklyn, that could be a REAL threat! (JK Brooklyn readers.)

My Score: 8/10

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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.13 ~ 7TH DECEMBER 2018

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With a vacant Heavyweight Tag Title to figure out, and some finishing touches leading up to Great Voyage in Yokohama Vol.2, let’s see what Hisame brings us this week!






NEWS

EASTERN HEROES
Most of the roster (except for Naomichi Marufuji, who, much to his disappointment, couldn’t go due to injury, and says he has never been) went to China to participate in “Eastern Hero Wrestling”.

Despite the fact that they had broken up a few days beforehand at “Global League 2018”, Katsuhiko Nakajima and Masa Kitamiya teamed up. Nakajima’s only comment was that this was how the card had been arranged, and he walked off at the end of the match leaving Kitamiya behind.

It was a sold out over capacity crowd in Tianjin, and the crowd said in Japanese “please come back”.

Hi69, in particular, said he learned a lot of things from the trip. There were also some new athletes o the card which hadn’t been introduced to NOAH yet, Tiger God and Dragon God.

Article with results can be read here

IPW
Daisuke Harada has been announced for IPW’S Junior Heavyweight Championship Tournament on Tuesday 16th January 2019 at Milton Keynes.

For those unfamiliar with him, a small guide can be found here.

Tickets can be purchased here

Further names hopefully to be announced (I know YO-HEY & HAYATA are being hoped for)

CURRENT TOUR RECAP
Noah kicked off “Winter Navigation 2018” at Korakuen Hall, not a great attendance for the first night, but it needs to be factored in that it was a 6.30pm start on a Friday night, round about the time when people get out of work, plus there was a big event going on at the nearby Tokyo Dome.

There were two match signings, with Takashi Sugiura saying that he was not going to lose the belt or the era to “this young man” (Kaito Kiyomiya) and Kotaro Suzuki actually turned up for his with Daisuke Harada.

Kimiya Okada made his long overdue debut, and was beaten by fellow rookie, Yoshiki Inamura. Hajime Ohara (who had helped train Okada for the debut) looked on. Although Inamura picked up his first win, it should be noted that this is only a small one, and against a very green rookie. They will have a rematch on the 9th (check)

Both Atsushi Kotoge and Hitoshi Yamato were on top comedy form.

Hitoshi Kumano and Seiya Morohashi squared up as their grudge deepened.

The Hooligans announced the 5’10 and 243 lb Yuji Hino as their new member, and he picked up the 5’10 Akitoshi Saito and slammed him as if he weighed nothing.

YO-HEY defeated Shoki Kitamura with the Super Face G, and then said to SUGI that he wanted to continue this, but SUGI said that Yokohama was impossible as there was an ZERO-ONE show on the 16th. So, it looks like the New Year will be the resumption of it.

Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima defeated Kenoh and Masa Kitamiya for the vacant GHC Heavyweight tag team titles, and were later challenged by Yuji Hino and Maybach Taniguchi.

Then Hino cut the promo of the evening:

“Shiozaki, you are a good looking guy, but your chops mean nothing. Nakajima-kun! Growing up! You are becoming an adult. You look like you’ve graduated from being a virgin”.

This is the kind of trash talking which is sadly missing from NOAH.

Kaito Kiyomiya and Daisuke Harada teamed up to take on Takashi Sugiura and Kotaro Suzuki. The ref stopped the match when Sugiura got Kiyomiya in a Olympic slam into a chokehold, afterwards Sugiura stood over the fallen Kiyomiya and told him that “on the 16th, I will show you the difference between NOAH’s future and the man who has supported NOAH for eighteen years”.

Detailed event recap can be read here

GHC BELT NEWS

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Takashi Sugiura
  • GHC Junior Champion: Kotaro Suzuki
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Go Shiozaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: Minoru Tanaka & Hi69

All titles will be challenged for on the 16th December at “Great Voyage in Yokohama Vol.2”

Kaito Kiyomiya will challenge for the GHC Heavyweight

Daisuke Harada will challenge for the GHC Junior

Yuji Hino & Maybach Taniguchi will challenge for the GHC Heavyweight Tag

The Backbreakers (Hajime Ohara & Hitoshi Kumano) will challenge for the GHC Junior Tag

TOUR TIDBITS
~ Maybach Taniguchi came out with his “Sasumata” pole (literally “speared fork”) that he had used when he was part of “The Super Violent Army“.
~ Takashi Sugiura said he learned the bidets in Japan, Taiwan and China were all of equal quality.
~ Masao Inoue is holding another bowling tournament
~ Senior referee, Shu Nishinaga, said that someone had “dumped” a load of Masao Inoue’s CDs in the waiting room.
~ Go Shiozaki gave a talk for “Wrestle Talk Mania”, one of the subjects he covered was mental training in wrestling; something which Shiozaki has extensive experience in, especially in dealing with what happened to Mitsuharu Misawa right in front of his eyes, and of course getting Kaito Kiyomiya over his own nerves.
~ Naomichi Marufuji is not cleared to return to the ring yet, although he can now walk more easily, except he has a slight limp.

KING SHAMELESS CORNER
None. He’s been good this week (aside from being a bidet inspector)

BROADCASTS
The final night of Global League, 25th November, will be broadcast at 6pm on Saturday 8th December
The event on the 7th December, will be broadcast on the 15th December
The event on the 16th December, will be broadcast on the 22nd December

LINKS
Today’s child of puroresu: Kaito Kiyomiya’s Story
150 people at debut?! Praise from Kobashi! Winning Global League! Kaito Kiyomiya special feature!
MINI INTERVIEW WITH KATSUHIKO NAKAJIMA: 7th December tag championship decision at Korakuen Hall, “I want you to hear the sound of Noah changing”
The scene of pro-wrestling Vol.23 ~ The wish for the soul that inherits the light of the emerald green.
Nakajima and Shiozaki to combine to take the championship
“Everybody’s Energy” ~ interview with Kaito Kiyomiya (Weekly Pro, December 2018)
“I want to advance the era” ~ mini interview with 2018 Global League winner, Kaito Kiyomiya
Takashi Sugiura’s determination for defense, “I will not hand over the belt or the era”.

BOOK TRANSLATION
“Heir To The Ark” ~ Naomichi Marufuji’s biography (Chapters 1 & 2 completed, chapter 3 ongoing)






How do you feel about Yuji Hino’s Hooligans debut? Let us know on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!

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Another week of CMLL, and another week of Joe’s coverage. Indulge in the Lucha information if you couldn’t find time to watch it yourself.





Arena Puebla Monday

Sonic, Meyer, and Astro vs King Rocker, Sombra Diabolina, and Guerrero Especial

Rocker and Astro start out doing some ground grappling. They do a lot of acrobatic transitions into submission holds. Especial and Meyer are in next and they continue to do grappling as well. Especial hits an arm drag to the outside and feigns a dive. Sonic is in now with Diabolina. They do some freestyle wrestling while exchanging pins. Sonic arm drags him to the outside and in comes Astro and King Rocker again. Especial launches Astro into Diabolina and he hits a hurricanrana for the pin. Sonic victory rolls Rocker and Meyer submits Especial with a neck crank. First Fall: Meyer submits Guerrero Especial with a neck crank.

Sonic and Diabolina start this round off. Sonic goes wild hitting a very elaborate arm drag then feigns a dive. Especial and Meyer are in next and they trade strikes and they start to trade moves. Especial hits a power slam, Diabolina hits a basement drop kick, and then Rocker hits a splash on Meyer for the pin. Diabolina submits Sonic with an arm bar. Second Fall: Sombra Diabolina submits Sonic with an arm bar.

Rocker and Astro stare each other down then exchange strikes. Especial and Sonic get in and Especial works him over for a bit. Diabolina and Meyer are in and Diabolina hits an Alabama Slam on him followed by a basement drop kick. Meyer hits a splash off the top on Diabolina and then launches Astro into him and Especial for a double drop kick. He does a hurricanrana off the apron on Rocker. Sonic hits a swanton bomb on Especial while Meyer gets Diabolina in a knee bar. Third Fall: Meyer submits Sombra Diabolina with a knee bar.

Winners: Sonic, Meyer, and Astro

Mellinum, Arkalis, and Tigre Rojo Jr vs Espanto Jr, Fuerza Chicana, and Police Man

Police Man and Mellinum start out the match with grappling and submission trading. Tigre Rojo and Espanto come in next and they start to fight for position. Rojo using his speed, Espanto using his size. Espanto sits on his knees frustrated that Rojo won the grappling exchange. Fuerza Chicana and Arkalis are in next. Arkalis does a victory roll, into a basement drop kick. Arkalis does a double splash to Espanto and Chicana. Rojo gets Police Man in an abdominal stretch and Arkalis pins Chicana with a sunset flip. First Fall: Arkalis pins Fuerza Chicana with a sunset flip.

Rojo and Police Man start the round and Rojo uses his quickness, getting him in a back breaker. He feigns a dive and hits a pose. Espanto and Mellinum go at it but Mellinum uses his quickness to his advantage getting Espanto out with an arm drag. His two teammates knock everyone off the apron and get Mellinum in the corner. Espanto kicks him in the groin. Ref doesn’t see it apparently. Espanto pulls on Arkalis’ mask. Police Man splash pins Arkalis for the pin. Chicana hits a back drop on Mellinum the goes for a pinning combination for the fall. Second Fall: Fuerza Chicana hits a back drop then pinning combination on Mellinum for the fall.

Rojo gets teamed on to start the round. When he’s taken care of they move the attack to Mellinum. A come back gets made as Arkalis hits a hurricanrana then a back breaker. Rojo and Mellinum hit arm drags to the outside, then Rojo and Arkalis go for dives but gets their feet pulled to the outside. Espanto and Mellinum are in the ring. Mellinum hits a hurricanrana for a pin but no three. He goes to the top for a move but Espanto gets the feet up. He hits a back stabber for the win on Mellinum. Third Fall: Espanto Jr pins Mellinum with a back stabber.

Winners: Espanto Jr, Fuerza Chicana, and Police Man

Titan, Triton, and Stigma vs Kawato San, Okumura, and Tiger

Triton and Okumura start the match out and they lock up and quickly go to the ground. They grapple briefly and Kawato and Titan come in next. Kawato whips Titan to the corner but Stigma replaces him and kicks him. Now everybody is trading big moves. Okumura hits a cross roads on Stigma then Titan comes in and takes care of Kawato. Tiger hits a Canadian destroyer on Triton for the pin. Kawato hits an handspring elbow on Titan followed by Okumura with a clothesline. They do a hangman’s neck breaker for the fall. First Fall: Kawato pins Titan after him and Okumura hit a hangman’s neck breaker.

Tiger is beating on Stuka on the ramp while Okumura and Kawato team on Titan. Stuka is getting teamed on now and he makes the tag to Triton but the ref acts like he doesn’t see it. This ref is either awful or a heel. Triton is standing back on the ramp in protest or disgust. Titan makes a come back hitting some super kicks. Stigma drop kicks Kawato’s inner thigh while he’s tied up on the rope. Triton tries but gets pulled out. ThenTitan and Stigma hit middle rope dives on Kawato and Tiger. In the ring Triton gets Okumura down for a 450 splash and the fall. Second Fall: Triton pins Okumura with a 450 splash.

Stigma and Okumura start out the round and Stigma gets him out and Tiger comes in. Triton answers the call for Tiger. Triton hits an arm drag to the outside then feigns a dive and hits a pose. Titan and Kawato are in next and they trade strikes in the middle of the ring. Titan runs wild, taking out Kawato eventually, and then kicking Tiger off the apron. Okumura catches him with a cutter off the top. Stigma breaks up the pin. Kawato catches him with a splash off the top. He hits him with a 1 percenter but Triton breaks up the pin. He hits a power bomb into a pin but Tiger breaks it up. Triton goes for a handspring attack but is caught in a back stabber. Titan breaks up the pin. He gets him in a pinning combination with a neck bridge but Okumura breaks that up. Sheesh. Triton hits an asai moonsault on Okumura and in the ring Titan gets Tiger in an elaborate neck stretch submission. Stigma hits Kawato with a falcon arrow for the win. Third Fall: Stigma pins Kawato San with a falcon arrow.

Winners: Titan, Triton, and Stigma

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