The Raw Commissioner, Stephanie McMahon, returns to make a MAJOR announcement! Plus, Roman Reigns VS Bobby Lashley, winner faces Brock Lesnar at Summerslam!
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- 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.
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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?
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
Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Results: New Beginning in Sapporo Part 2!
Who leaves Sapporo with the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team titles?
NJPW continues in Sapporo with two HUGE tag team matches! The Rainmaker and The Ace look for further revenge while EVIL & SANADA defend their tag titles!
This coverage of New Beginning in Sapporo will be as aired by AXS TV.
Gifs can be found courtesy of http://frentique.tumblr.com/
- IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: EVIL & SANADA VS Zack Sabre Jr. & Minoru Suzuki; EVIL & SANADA win and retain the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships.
- Kazuchika Okada & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Jay White & Bad Luck Fale; win.
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NJPW and AXS set the scene!
The Ace is once again IWGP Heavyweight Championship after dethroning The Best Bout Machine at Wrestle Kingdom 13! But the record-setting 8-time champion has a very determined challenger in The Switchblade. Jay White has Gedo and the Bullet Club by his side, and now has his title match in Osaka! But before then, Hiroshi Tanahashi will look to slow White down with the help of his old rival, Kazuchika Okada! Will this amazing tag team be able to defeat White and Bad Luck Fale? Or will it only be a sampling of the Cutthroat Era’s coming?
And before that, Los Ingobernables de Japon’s Heavyweight Tag Team Champions broke even with their challengers in singles competition. Now it is time to face off for the titles! Can the two-time Tag League and Two Time Tag Champions be able to overcome the Undisputed British Tag Team Champions? Or will Suzuki-Gun have two tag titles around their waists? That match is now!
IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: EVIL & SANADA VS Zack Sabre Jr. & Minoru Suzuki!
Why wait for bells when you just wanna fight? Suzuki and ZSJ go right at Evil & Sanada as they enter the ring! ZSJ stomps Evil while Suzuki mugs Sanada on the outside. Red Shoes holds the belts, but Suzuki gets one to choke Sanada with it. Suzuki whips Sanada but Sanada reverses to send Suzuki into railing! Evil and ZSJ end up the leg men and brawl while the introductions are made. Evil whips ZSJ and goes to hip toss, but ZSJ counters to an abdominal stretch. ZSJ denies a counter but Evil still hip tosses out! Tag to Sanada, and LIJ go after ZSJ together. Double whips, clothesline, back senton! Cover, TWO! ZSJ rolls away but Sanada stalks him to a corner. Cold Skull whips ZSJ corner to corner but ZSj goes up and over. He fakes Sanada and rolls him up, TWO!
Sanada knees and whips ZSJ but ZSJ denies the dropkick. ZSJ misses the Peantly Kick, and Sanada trips him up! Sanada gets ZSJ in the Paradise Lock, but ZSJ slips out and toys with him. ZSJ kicks Sanada, but Sanada knees back. Sanada whips but ZSJ reverses. Suzuki gets a cheap shot and gets Sanada in a hanging armbar! ZSJ hits Evil just because. Suzuki lets Sanada go then goes after Evil. ZSJ keeps on Sanada and Suzuki mugs Evil. Suzuki brings Evil out to the crowd to bowl him through chairs. Suzuki laughs as he rams Evil with the railing. Then he throws chairs onto Evil! ZSJ twists Sanada around for a modified Octopus, then he hammerlock stomps an arm! Suzuki searches under the ring while ZSJ gives Sanada a shoulder breaker. Suzuki has a folding chair to jab Evil in the head!
The ring count passes 17, but Sanada manage to make it in at 19.5! ZSJ is on Sanada with an arm bar, to hammerlock, then digs his elbows into Sanada’s spine. ZSJ pulls back on Sanada’s free arm from wrist to elbow for another hammerlock. He makes it a buttefly of sorts, then a cover, TWO! ZSJ drags Sanada over and tags in Suzuki. Suzuki takes Sanada and wrenches, but then ZSJ wrenches, and they keep passing Sanada for wrenches. ZSJ boots the arm and then Suzuki boots the arm. Sanada clutches that tortured arm but Suzuki goes after it more against the ropes. REd Shoes counts but Suzuki lets go at 4. Suzuki toys with Sanada now, but Sanada hits back. Suzuki just laughs again and throws forearms back. They go back and forth, but Suzuki hits hard. The champs are in trouble while we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns while Suzuki taunts Sanada. Sanada does sit up but Suzuki’s right on him with fast forearms. Suzuki kicks but Sanada dragon screws, only for Suzuki to counter into an armbar! ZSJ hits Evil to keep him away, but Sanada resists the arm. Suzuki gets the arms apart and has Sanada at full extension! Sanada flails while ZSJ keeps Evil down with his own armlock! Suzuki pulls as hard as he can, but Sanada gets a ropebreak with his feet. Suzuki holds on to slam the arm on the mat. Tag to ZSJ and he hands the wrench off to ZSJ. ZSJ hammerlocks and tweaks Sanada’s arm. ZSJ sits down on the arm to practically triangle it! Suzuki keeps Evil at bay with an armbar on the ropes! ZSJ shifts his weight into a modified Labell meets Rings of Saturn!
Suzuki tortures Evil on the apron but Red Shoes can’t do anything about that while he watches ZSJ and Sanada. Sanada shifts again and gets another ropebreak via feet. Suzuki keeps on Evil with body shots while ZSJ lets Sanada go. ZSJ dares Sanada to stand, and then rock shim with a European Uppercut. Sanada returns the EuroUpper, but his arms are hurting. ZSj shoulder breakers, then catches the leap frog for a flapjack! Penalty kick is CAUGHT! Dragon Screw! Suzuki runs in and gets a dragon screw, too! Fans rally for LIJ as Evil tags in! The King of Darkness rallies on ZSJ! He scoop slams ZSJ hard, then rocks him with forearms. Evil whips but ZSJ reverses, only for Evil to run him over!
Fans rally as Evil drags ZSJ up. ZSJ kicks but Evil blocks it to elbow the knee. ZSJ grabs the arm but Evil counters to a shoulder breaker! Evil blocks another kick, Fisherman Buster! Cover, TWO! Evil keeps his cool as fans fire up again. He drags ZSJ up again and turns him, but ZSJ turns and suplexes Evil! Then the neck twist! Both men are down from exhaustion, but they still come back for more. ZSJ wants revenge for Sapporo Part 1 as he throws EuroUppers. Things speed up and each man dodges the other, but then ZSJ runs into Evil’s lariat! Evil drags ZSJ up, fireman’s carry, but ZSj reverses to a Pele! ZSJ kicks then sweeps the legs! Both men are down again but Suzuki returns. Suzuki tags in and goes right at Evil with forearms.
Suzuki whips Evil corner to corner and boots him. He snapmares and Penalty Kicks! Cover, TWO! Evil barely escapes, but Suzuki toys with him now. Suzuki throws haymakers, then boots, but Evil hands it off to Red Shoes! Evil SUPERKICKS Suzuki down! Tag to Sanada! Sanada whips but Suzuki reverses. Sanada tumbles, springboards, but into Suzuki’s sleeper! ZSJ hits Evil again, and then helps Suzuki corner to corner train on Sanada! Snapmare, DOBULE Peanlty Kicks! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives that string of attacks, but Suzuki stomps him down. We can hear someone throw the other into railing while Suzuki hammers away on Sanada in the corner. Red Shoes backs Suzuki off, but Suzuki runs back in. Sanada dodges, and Evil returns for a corner clothesline! He feeds Suzuki to Sanada’s back suplex!
Evil hits ZSJ and now LIJ has Suzuki isolated! They call for the finish and fans are thunderous! Evil lifts Suzuki, but ZSJ stops Magic Killer. Suzuki rolls Sanada into an Ankle Lock! ZSJ has Evil in the Octopus! Suzuki shifts to a kneebar! Sanada endures teh grapevine’d move, and Suzuki even grabs an arm! Sanada grabs Red Shoes to keep himself from tapping! ZSJ has shifted Evil into a grounded twist! Neither LIJ can get free as Suzuki shifts the position of his kneebar! Sanada endures, as does Evil. Fans cheer LIJ on, but Suzuki just twists the ankle harder! Sanada uses one last gas to get the ropebreak! Suzuki lets Sanada go, to come back for a sleeper. And then ZSJ Penalty Kicks! Suzuki also Penalty Kicks! Cover, but Evil breaks it in time!
Suzuki-Gun drags LIJ up but LIJ fights back! Suzuki wants his piledriver, and ZSJ wants his, but Evil and Sanada deny those, for Darkness Falls and TKO in stereo! LIJ fires up as they go after Suzuki again. MAGIC KILLER!! Cover, but ZSJ breaks it just in time! Sanada grabs Suzuki and Evil gets ZSJ. Skull End, but ZSJ counters the STO! Evil counters back, EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! And then for Suzuki, True Skull End, but Suzuki slips through! Sleeper, Gotch hold, but Evil saves Sanada! Everything is countered, but the Sleeper is escaped. MAGIC KILLER AGAIN!! Sanada climbs while Evil takes ZSJ out, Moonsault! Cover, LIJ wins!
Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, Sanada pinning; still IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions
The King of Darkness and Cold Skull are still golden! Suzuki-Gun’s quest to have two different companies’ tag titles has not worked out, it’ll be back to the drawing board for them. However, will Evil & Sanada now have a claim to the British Heavyweight Tag Team Championships?
Kazuchika Okada & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Jay White & Bad Luck Fale!
The Rainmaker and The Ace have fought hard over the IWGP Heavyweight Championship and the claim to being the best one ever, but now they are united in making sure the Switchblade does NOT become champion! Will this all-star alliance succeed against the new Bullet Club leader and his Underboss underling?
White refuses to let this dream team have their photo op. He insists he is the historic wrestler everyone should take pictures of, not the old generation. Tanahashi and Okada bite their tongues and bide their time, they’ll get at White after the break.
Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (2/9/19)
The NWA World’s Heavyweight Championship is defended on ROH!
Ring of Honor Wrestling Television, Episode 386
ROH brings us the National Treasure and the Darewolf competing over THE NWA World’s Heavyweight Championship! Which man makes history in historic first?
- Six Man Tag: Villain Enterprises VS John Skyler, Corey Hollis & Josey Quinn; Villain Enterprises wins.
- NWA World’s Heavyweight Championship: Nick Aldis w/ Kamille VS PJ Black; Aldis wins and retains the NWA World’s Heavyweight Championship.
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ROH opens with John Skyler, Corey Hollis & Josie Quinn in the ring.
The Southern Savior tells everyone from commentary to the fans to “Shut your mouths!” The spotlight belongs on Quinn, Hollis and Skyler! This is the roughest, toughest trio in ROH, and if anyone doubts them, then step up and get stepped on! Who answers the call? Villain Enterprises! Marty Scurll leads PCO and Brody King out to the ring, and we have our opening Six Man Tag match!
Six Man Tag: Villain Enterprises VS John Skyler, Corey Hollis & Josey Quinn!
If The Southern Savior, The Original and The Pale Horse want to prove they’re the roughest, toughest team to come to ROH, then they’ll need to pull out all the stops against Marty Scurll’s own stable. Will Scurll, PCO and Brody spoil this newest trio’s debut?
Before the match, Scurll says, “How cute! Look at you guys! I used to be like all three of you: young, full of hope, full of spirit, full of optimism.” Scurll can tell these three haven’t been jaded by this business. Scurll is sure all three of them will be big “superstars” in ROH, and make one hell of an impact. But unfortunately for them, it won’t be tonight. They’re going to feel the wrath of Villain Enterprises! Scurll, PCO and Brody flank the ring, and they strike!
PCO and Brody drag Quinn and Skyler out of the ring while Scurll brawls with Hollis! Scurll dumps Hollis out and PCO sends Skyler into a post. Brody suplexes Hollis for Scurll to SUPERKICK from the apron, and Brody finishes him off with a gourd buster! Villain Enterprises takes control of the ring as the streamers fly! This match will still happen after the break.
ROH returns and PCO starts against Quinn. Quinn goes at PCO with kicks and chops, but PCO doesn’t flinch! PCO even dares him to chop more! Quinn chops and chops, and then PCO CHOPS back! PCO CHOPS Quinn to a corner and then keeps going! The ref counts and PCO backs off, only to come back with rapid fire chops! Fans fire up for PCO as he scoops and sidewalk slams Quinn! Skyler and Hollis rush PCO to club away on him. They double whip but PCO breaks the line to double clothesline them! PCO choke tosses Skyler into a corner, then choke slams him on the rebound! PCO climbs up top and LEAPS at Quinn on the apron! But Skyler gets Quinn clear and PCO hits only apron! But PCO gets up like it was nothing!
Fans fire up with PCO, but Hollis DIVES out onto him! PCO catches Hollis to send him into the barriers! Fans chant for “P C O!” as he gets back in. Quinn throws big forearms then runs, but PCO runs him over! Tag to Scurll and Scurll chops Quinn back down. Scurll rocks Quinn with a European Uppercut then another CHOP! Scurll runs but Hollis swipes his feet. Quinn tags out to Skyler in the distraction. Quinn runs at Scurll but Scurll throws him out, only to turn around into Skyler’s slingshot spear! Cover, TWO! Skyler keeps on Scurll with a rain of right hands. Tag to Hollis and they mug Scurll in the corner. Hollis snapmares and drops a knee, then covers. TWO, and fans rally up for Scurll. Hollis feeds Scurll to Quinn’s boot then tags Quinn in.
Quinn and Hollis mug Scurll in the corner, then Quinn snapmares Scurll to a chinlock. Scurll endures the squeeze while fans rally up again. Scurll fights his way up and out. Quinn whips Scurll to the corner but runs into boots. Scurll fights out but gets a corner clothesline! Quinn whips but Scurll reverses to a tornado DDT! Both men are down but crawling for their corners. Hot tags to Skyler and Brody! Brody rallies on all there opponents! Fans fire up as Brody puts Skyler on the ropes, for a cannonball! Scurll tags back in but Skyler knees low. Skyler throws hands, then runs, but into Brody’s flapjack! Scurll adds a dropkick then Brody adds the senton! Fans fire up again as Scurll drags Skyler up. Scurll suplexes but Skyler slips out.
Hollis tags in before Brody clotheslines Skyler out. Hollis dodges Scurll to hit PCO. Scurll catches Hollis for a powerbomb! PCO climbs up while Scurll turns Hollis over, leg drop Boston Crab! PCO DIVES on Skyler and Quinn! Scurll catapults Hollis into Brody’s forearm! Back senton across Scurll’s knees! Brody lifts Hollis and hits the Gonzo Bomb! Hollis bounces up into the Chicken Wing! Hollis taps, Villain Enterprises wins!
Winners: Villain Enterprises, Marty Scurll by submission
But wait! Red balloons fly out from under the ring! But also some black balloons… The Kingdom laugh as they appear on stage. Were they looking for someone? It’s no secret that The Kingdom are the best trio on this planet. They’re the best trio in history! The Kingdom doesn’t fear anyone, especially not these “three goons.” They’d love to get in that ring and even put the titles on the line! But Matt Taven keeps TK O’Ryan calm as he says they’re fighting champions. They have no problems defending any place, any where, any time, especially against “Melvin Enterprises.” Just not this time. The Kingdom loves to troll everyone, but will Scurll and company be the ones having the last laugh?
The Kingdom speaks backstage.
Vinnie Marseglia laughs again, and says he “hates to spoil it for all the puppets in ROH, but PCO is human.” TK O’Ryan says Brody King is big and bad, but getting hit upside the head with a baseball bat, he’d be out cold just like anybody else. And Taven lets them all know that while Villain Enterprises is new around here, The Kingdom runs the show. #RespectTheCrown. The Kingdom are the champions and will defend them when they choose. “Because IIII’M Matt Taven, and this is MY Kingdom.”
Jay Lethal speaks.
“It is getting more and more difficult to keep track of everybody in line for this ROH World Championship.” Because all Lethal can see is a man running around pretending that his fake belt counts! Taven attacks Lethal from behind, disrespects the company and disrespects the REAL belt by spitting on it! Lethal is sick and tired of Taven! Taven has Lethal’s attention, where and when will this issue of two world title belts be put to rest?
The Gatekeeper has a brand new challenger.
Kelly Klein put it upon herself to be a fighting champion on a level like no other champion. She willingly defends her title in every singles match she has! Watch Kelly defend that title against a debuting but very promising Woman of Honor via Honor Club’s On Demand!
NWA World’s Heavyweight Championship: Nick Aldis w/ Kamille VS PJ Black!
For the first time ever, ROH TV plays host to the NWA’s top title! The National Treasure brings the Ten Pounds of Gold to the Ring of Honor as the first man to defend it here. The Darewolf, who narrowly avoided death in a base jumping accident, has climbed back and is the first man to challenge for this title in ROH. History is being made, but will it be for a successful defense or a successful defeat?
Introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this is the first time the title has been defended in Atlanta, Georgia since 1993! Fans say “Thank you, Nick!” This historic match finally begins, after the break!
ROH returns and the Code of Honor is skipped by PJ. The bell rings, and the two circle and tie up. Aldis wrenches but PJ cartwheels and wrenches. Aldis spins through and reverses the wristlock. PJ rolls and drop toeholds! Aldis reverses to a hammerlock but PJ gets the ropes. Aldis lets PJ go and the two circle again. They tie up and PJ gets a waistlock. PJ rolls Aldis, TWO, but PJ is on Aldis in a corner with a facelock. PJ honors the break but he gives Aldis a shove. Aldis decides to lounge on the top rope for a moment, so PJ shows off his capoeria while telling Aldis to “Suck It!” Fans echo “Suck It! Suck It!” as Aldis and PJ approach again. They tie up and Aldis gets a headlock. PJ powers out but Aldis runs him over.
Things speed up and Aldis avoids PJ’s Thesz Press. Aldis rebounds and blocks PJ’s hip toss, but PJ blocks Aldis’ hip toss to sweep the legs. PJ covers, ONE! Aldis gets the headlock takeover and makes it a cover, TWO and PJ gets the headscissors. PJ squeezes but Aldis moves around. Aldis headstands and pops out, but PJ gets back. PJ calls for a time-out, but there are no such things. Even so, Aldis lets PJ stand up, and they go again. PJ gets a headlock, and the takeover, but Aldis headscissors back. PJ headstands and pops out but Aldis ducks the boot to roll PJ! TWO, and PJ fakes Aldis out with a punch. PJ offers Aldis a hand, and Aldis takes it, only for PJ to uppercut! PJ uppercuts more but Aldis backslides, TWO!
The Darewolf asks for another time-out but from the corner. Aldis and PJ circle but PJ promises not to cheat. He offers a handshake but also crosses his fingers behind his back. Aldis takes the handshake, but PJ sweeps the legs and double stomps the back! PJ flexes but Aldis stands up. Aldis clotheslines PJ right down! Aldis puts PJ in the corner and CHOPS! He throws body shots and more chops, but PJ turns it around to CHOP Aldis back. They brawl in the corner but PJ stomps low. Aldis hits back and bumps PJ on buckles. Aldis whips corner to corner then runs in for a big clothesline. He whips PJ corner to corner again but PJ goes up and headscissors Aldis out!
PJ slingshots but Aldis slips into the ring. Aldis poses but PJ comes back. They speed up and PJ fakes Aldis out to then poke him in the eyes! The referee reprimands PJ while Aldis regroups with Kamille. PJ climbs up but Kamille stands in his way. Aldis gets to the other side, PJ slides out but gets run over with a lariat! Aldis refreshes the ring count while we go to break.
ROH returns and Aldis has PJ in a chinlock. Fans rally on both sides as PJ fights out. PJ throws heavy forearms then whips, but Aldis reverses. PJ kicks Aldis then runs, but Aldis follows to clothesline PJ upside-down! Aldis drags PJ up for a suplex, and holds him up there! Then brings him down! Cover, TWO! PJ gets to a corner but Aldis is right after him with a CHOP! Aldis whips PJ corner to corner hard, then back drops on the rebound! Fans cheer as Aldis covers, TWO! Aldis keeps on PJ with another facelock. PJ endures as Aldis wrenches. They stand and PJ hits back with body shots and a CHOP! Aldis CHOPS, PJ CHOPS, and now they brawl!
Aldis whips but PJ rolls off his back. PJ heel kicks Aldis down, then runs corner to corner for crossbody! PJ easily lands on the apron and bumps Aldis off buckles. He climbs up an dleaps for a flying elbow! PJ keeps going to the other corner and climbs again, for another flying elbow! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as PJ stalks Aldis. PJ whips Aldis but Aldis reverses, only for PJ to hold ropes. Aldis walks into PJ’s boot, and then PJ springboards for a moonsault! PJ only grazes Aldis, so he quickly grabs Aldis for the inverted DDT. PJ hurries up top again and Aldis stands to get flying double stomps! Cover, TWO!! Aldis survives the stomp to the heart, but PJ keeps his cool. PJ climbs again and takes aim, but his double ax handles are caught into a BIG German Suplex!
Aldis drags PJ up again for a fast powerbomb! High stack cover, TWO, but Aldis holds onto the legs to try his Kingsland Cloverleaf! PJ brings Aldis in for a cradle! TWO, and both men get to corners. Aldis runs in but into an elbow. PJ hops up but Aldis trips him up! Aldis climbs up behind PJ but PJ resists. PJ elbows Aldis away but Aldis clubs him back. Aldis climbs again, SUPER GERMAN! Both men are down but fans fire up! Aldis crawls to a cover, TWO! The Darewolf survives and the National Treasure grows frustrated while we go to one last break.
ROH returns once more, and fans rally as Aldis heads for the top rope. PJ rolls and SHORYUKENS! PJ climbs but Aldis resists. Aldis hits back with body shots and pushes PJ away. PJ comes back quick, SUPER STEINER! Then springboard moonsault! Cover, TWO!! PJ can’t believe it, but Aldis escapes! PJ drags Aldis up for a dragon sleeper, but Aldis endures. Aldis pries free to scoop PJ into the TOMBSTONE! Aldis heads up top again, MACHO ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! PJ lives and even Kamille is shocked. Aldis gives Kamille a signal and she tosses the belt in the ring! Kamille distracts the referee, but both men grab at the belt! PJ SLAPS Aldis away, then picks up the Ten Pounds of Gold! PJ tosses it to Aldis and falls over! Aldis gets caught with the belt in his hands but the referee takes it away. PJ rolls Aldis! TWO!!
PJ wheelbarrows and turns Aldis over, Billy Goat’s Curse! Aldis crawls as PJ stretches, and Aldis gets the ropebreak! Aldis bails out, but PJ DIVES on him! Direct hit brings Aldis down but PJ gets back in the ring. PJ builds speed again, to wreck KAMILLE with a dropkick! Kamille took the hit for Aldis but fans still boo PJ for it! Fans do know “This is Awesome!” as Aldis goes after PJ. But PJ throws Aldis into the post! PJ puts Aldis in the ring and springboards for a crossbody! But Aldis manages to roll through! TWO!! PJ shoulders and slingshots but Aldis sits on the sunset, but he also holds the ropes! The referee sees that, and kicks Aldis’ arms away! PJ finishes the sunset flip, TWO! Aldis gets the legs, Kingsland Cloverleaf! PJ endures but taps, Aldis wins!
Winner: Nick Aldis, by submission; still NWA World’s Heavyweight Champion
History is made as the National Treasure retains the title on ROH TV! Is this only the beginning of the Ten Pounds of Gold being part of ROH history?
Juice Robinson heads to the ring!
The Flamboyant One saw that there was still some time left over tonight and decided to take this opportunity to address the fans. “What up, Hotlanta?!” Juice says the last time he was here, he promised there’d be a lot more of him in an ROH ring. And he didn’t mean for a cup of coffee or for a Global Wars tour. He meant a hell of a lot more Juice in ROH in 2019! But why? Isn’t NJPW so fun? It’s because Juice knows what this company stands for: Honor. Juice has had something in the works, and the pieces have all come together.
“ROH was founded by guys like Samoa Joe. Guys like AJ Styles. The lifeblood of ROH for so long has been through the hard work of guys like the American Dragon, Bryan Danielson.” Or even Juice’s best friend, Tyler Black. All those guys cared about honor. Those are the guys that when their music hit, they came down the stairs, entered the ring, and looked their opponent(s) in the eyes and said, “Win, lose or draw, we’re going to start this with a handshake, and no matter what happens, end with a handshake.” That is what ROH is about. Juice can’t figure out what’s happened over the last few years. Tonight, ROH hits a reset button. Tonight, ROH begins its restoration. And tonight, “we bring ROH to the next level!” And that starts right here and now.
The pulse that we’ve seen for weeks! Juice is joined in the ring by David Finlay, Mark Haskins, Bandido, Tracy Williams, and Tenille Dashwood! “We are Lifeblood!” And together, they will put the Honor back in Ring of Honor! Fans are loving this already! Will this new alliance of rising stars revitalize ROH?
A really great episode right here, and we finally know what that pulse was about. Juice Robinson leading a new faction, Lifeblood, is a great move for him in ROH. It represents a new level Juice himself has reached, and helps give him and all the wrestlers in the stable something to be part of. This can definitely feed the story I’d been sensing of Tenille Dashwood returning to confront the person who attacked her, which can turn out to be Kelly Klein. Tenille VS Kelly can be Lifeblood’s Women of Honor Championship story while the five men go after the variety of titles. I’m sure Juice would want to be world champion, leaving the World TV, World Tag and World Six Man Championships to any of the other members.
Juice’s promo leading up to Lifeblood’s debut was also very well done. It kept the continuity of ROH’s past, with name drops including the wrestlers now known as Daniel Bryan and Seth Rollins. Juice’s group might also be pitted against Bully Ray’s group, who aren’t so honorable. That will make for a great 5v5 tag down the line and then separate showdowns for things like the Briscoes defending the World Tag Team Championships against any combination from Lifeblood.
Villain Enterprises does great again in another Six Man Tag victory while The Kingdom do well again as the arrogant Heels they are. They’ll have it out for those titles soon enough, whether The Kingdom likes it or not. And with Jay Lethal’s promo, that match for the undisputed ROH World Championship has to be happening sooner rather than later. Maybe they can arrange it for the ROH Anniversary Show. And then the NWA World’s Heavyweight Championship was great, and was rightfully given lots of time. PJ was great being the sneaky Heel he’s been known to be, but it almost felt like Aldis was turning Heel in the course of the match. Between Kamille being his shield but also getting him the belt, this match started to feel like Heel VS Heel. And that’s a good thing, we don’t get those enough in any promotion.
Obviously Aldis retains, a random ROH TV episode isn’t the place for a title change. But maybe ROH and NWA work a Pay-Per-View together and that is when an ROH star challenges and takes the NWA title, or vice-versa and an NWA star takes an ROH title.
My Score: 8.3/10