The Beast, Brock Lesnar, finally returns to Raw! What will he and his Advocate, Paul Heyman, have to say to The Big Dog ahead of their newest title rematch?
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- Finn Balor VS Baron Corbin; Corbin wins.
- Natalya w/ Ronda Rousey VS Alicia Fox w/ Alexa Bliss; Alicia wins.
- Braun Strowman VS Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh; Mahal wins, by count-out.
- Apollo Crews w/ Titus Worldwide VS Akam w/ Rezar; Apollo wins.
- Seth Rollins VS Drew McIntyre w/ Dolph Ziggler; Rollins wins, by disqualification.
- The Revival VS The Deleters of Worlds; The Revival wins.
- Bayley & Sasha Banks VS The Riott Squad; Bayley & Sasha win.
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WWE and Raw remember Nikolai Volkoff and Brian Christopher.
Brock Lesnar IS here!
The Beast and his Advocate are ready.
But Roman Reigns heads to the ring first!
The Big Dog is once again #1 contender to the WWE Universal Championship, aka he gets another shot at Brock Lesnar. Roman still feels he’s the “Uncrowned Universal Champion” after the controversial ending to their Greatest Royal Rumble Steel Cage Match, but he’ll have to fight all over again in Brooklyn to prove it. He hears the energy and the noise, so he gives Miami a quick shout out for that. And shout out to Bobby Lashley, because while Roman said things, after actually facing him, Roman now respects Lashley. But that’s more than he can say for Lesnar, Roman has “zero respect for that fool.” Brock Lesnar never shows up for work, yet he’ll go to the UFC and call out Daniel Cormier. But we saw Lesnar is here, so Roman vows Lesnar won’t run his mouth out in The Yard!
“Ladies and gentlemen, and you, too, Roman Reigns,” Paul Heyman is here to introduce himself and the “reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion, BROCK! LESNAR!” But please forgive him, Lesnar has authorized Heyman to give Roman “profound congratulations” over his win over Lashley to earn another shot at The Beast at Summerslam. But from Heyman brings up the definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over and over again, expecting different results. With all due respect, Roman should be in a padded cell, not the ring at Summerslam. Roman can go on and on and on about the Spear that sent Lesnar through the cage, but mark Heyman’s words, he’s giving another SPOILER: Summerslam will see Lesnar put down the Big Dog and then go to the UFC to become a two sport champion!
“Just shut up, Paul.” Roman doesn’t care about any of that. He and the fans want Lesnar, so bring him out. Heyman reminds us that Lesnar is here in Miami, sitting in the comfort of his private locker room. Lesnar will come out to ringside, when and IF he feels like it. But don’t worry, Roman, because at Summerslam, Lesnar will- Will what? What’s he gonna do? Actually show up? For that matter, IF he shows up, Roman will send Lesnar back to the UFC, but not as The Beast. Lesnar goes back as The Bitch. The Big Dog’s bark is as bad as his bite, but is he barking up the wrong tree?
Brock Lesnar lounges in his locker room.
Paul Heyman returns in a huff over what Roman said. Lesnar didn’t hear what Roman said, because he doesn’t watch Raw. Why would he? Well, because of what Roman just said! Heyman pulls up the tweets all about it. Lesnar chucks the phone! The Beast doesn’t care, he just wants to read his magazine. Is Lesnar taking it too easy?
Finn Balor VS Baron Corbin!
The Extraordinary Man has taken the Constable’s insults and mistreatment all in stride, and that only irritates Stephanie McMahon’s appointed authority figure more. Will a rematch from Extreme Rules settle things between the “Big” Bad Lone Wolf and “Little” Finn?
The bell rings and the two men circle. Corbin tosses the vest off to tie up with Finn, then powers Finn to a corner. He backs off at the ref’s count but gives Finn a shove. Finn gives Corbin forearms! Corbin throws Finn out but Finn lands on his feet. Finn comes back in to throw more forearms. Corbin knees low then throws Finn out again. Finn gets back in again to throw more forearms. He puts on a headlock and holds on as Corbin tries to power out. Corbin endures the grind, then lifts Finn up. Finn brings Corbin back down, and fans rally behind him. Corbin fights out then powers out to run Finn over with a back elbow. Corbin drags Finn up to a corner, then to the top rope for forearms of his own. Finn hits back, then hits a missile dropkick!
Corbin rolls out, but Finn comes around the corner to run him over! Fans fire up and Finn goes back. Corbin puts Finn in the ring, but Finn is right on Corbin with stomps and haymakers. Finn drags Corbin up but is put in a corner. Corbin throws more forearms, then throws Finn at buckles. Finn evades but Corbin grabs him on the apron. Finn blocks then gives tries but Corbin blocks. Corbin clobbers Finn to the floor! Finn is dazed while we go to break.
Raw returns and Corbin whips Finn hard corner to corner. Corbin puts Finn in a half nelson and thrashes him about. Fans rally up for Finn, and Finn feeds off the energy. Corbin wrangles Finn back down, wrenching on the chinbar. Finn endures more thrashing, and works his way back up. Finn fights out of the hold with haymakers, but Corbin powers him into a corner. Corbin runs in but Finn evades. Corbin slides out then in and clobbers Finn all over again! Cover, TWO! Corbin is furious while Finn checks his jaw. Corbin stomps Finn, then snarls as he drags Finn up. He puts Finn in a corner, and rocks him with heavy rights. Corbin sits Finn up for another chinlock, grinding Finn down to the mat. Fans rally up again and Finn gets back up.
Finn pries Corbin’s fingers apart, but Corbin knees low. Corbin runs, but into a dropkick! Corbin goes outside, but Finn keeps on him. Finn tries to bring Corbin up, but Corbin throws a stiff right hand! Corbin then lifts Finn for an apron back suplex! Finn writhes while Corbin catches his breath. Fans boo and jeer but that only makes Corbin grin. Corbin looms over Finn, daring him to get up. He drags Finn up, preparing a powerbomb, but Finn slips out! Finn gets the takedown for the double stomp! Corbin gets up but Finn puts him in a corner. Finn chops Corbin, whips but Corbin reverses, only for Finn to go up and over. Finn runs into a boot but gives a swing kick! Corbin tumbles out, but Finn takes aim to FLY! Finn wipes Corbin out while we go to break!
Raw returns again, and Corbin has Finn back in the chinbar half nelson. Fans boo but Corbin again just grins. Finn endures as Corbin thrashes him around again. Finn gets up and fights back, but Corbin wrangles him back down. Fans rally up and Finn feeds off their energy. Finn fights back one more time, but Corbin shoves him. Finn kicks on the rebound, but his Slingblade is denied. Corbin shoves Finn again and catches him around the throat. Corbin lifts but Finn slips out to victory roll! TWO, but Slingblade! Finn aims at Corbin from across the way, but runs into the Choke Slam Backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Corbin is furious as he rains down rights. Corbin stands over Finn, toying with him while fans chant “Corbin Sucks!” He drags Finn up and reel shim in, but Finn counters with a DDT!
Finn evades from a corner then swing kicks Corbin down. Finn goes up and fans fire up! Corbin gets up and avoids the stomps, then counters a slingblade with DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO! The Constable is beside himself. Finn drags himself up, and Corbin runs in for a big corner clothesline. Corbin gives another, but then Finn evades the third. Finn wrecks Corbin with a dropkick! Corbin is stunned, and he gets blasted by the dropkick! Finn puts Corbin back in, and blasts him again! Corbin falls, and Finn goes up! Finn aims, but Corbin rolls out of the way, End of Days!! Corbin covers, Corbin wins!
Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall
The Constable pulls off a win by the skin of his teeth, and the score is now 1-1. But Corbin isn’t finished with Finn yet! He drags Finn up but Finn fights back. Corbin knees Finn low and throws him out! Corbin bashes Finn’s face into the barrier! Finn slumps down while Corbin feels even better about his victory. Will there be a tiebreaker in the near future? Or will Corbin quit picking on Finn while he’s ahead?
Paul Heyman needs a phone.
But before he can get one, Kurt Angle walks over to him. Lesnar was to appear, by contractual obligation! Heyman points out that his client that the obligation was fulfilled by just showing up. If Angle wants more, then go to Lesnar’s locker room. This is not Heyman’s problem, it’s Angle’s. Angle turns that around and says that Heyman is also under contract, and that contract is under Angle’s control. If Lesnar doesn’t go to the ring, both their contracts are terminated. Really? Really. Seriously? Deadly serious. Will the Advocate be able to convince his Beast this is something he needs to do?
Raw recaps last week’s historic announcement.
With Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon and Triple H in the ring, and with all the superstars of Raw, SmackDown and even NXT, it was announced. Another first-time-ever event will take place. It will be the first-ever ALL WOMEN’S PAY-PER-VIEW! The Women’s (R)Evolution culminates on October 28th with WWE Evolution!
Alicia Fox prepares backstage.
Alexa Bliss walks over to talk. Mickie James got hurt, which is why Alicia gets to take on the Queen of Harts. Of course, the “over-hyped rookie” is out of “detention”, so she’ll be around. But don’t worry, “the champ” will take Ronda, Foxy can handle Natty. Alicia is a trailblazer, and ahead of WWE Evolution, this can be Alicia’s chance to shine! So is she with The Goddess? Alicia will hurt Natty so bad, even her cats say “meow!” Get it?! MROW! The Foxy is ready to show her claws, and that match is next!
Natalya w/ Ronda Rousey VS Alicia Fox w/ Alexa Bliss!
It’s a showdown of former Women’s Champions, but both sides have back-up! Natty has Rowdy Ronda Rousey with her while Ms. Crazy Like a Fox has the Raw Women’s Champion. Ronda and Alexa are set to fight for the title at Summerslam, whose proxy will get big points on the Road to Evolution?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up and Natty gets a headlock takeover, but Alicia gets the headscissors. Natty pops out and the two circle again. They tie up and Natty gets another headlock. Alicia powers out but Natty runs her over. Natty runs but things speed up. Natty gets around and rolls Alicia up, TWO. Alicia flounders to a corner, then back elbows back. Alicia hops up, bumps Natty off buckles and sunset flips for a cover. TWO, and Natty goes after legs! Alicia struggles and gets a ropebreak. Natty lets her go while Alicia slips out of the ring. The referee has Alexa stay back, but Alicia trips Natty up on her own! She uses the apron to blind Natty as she furiously attacks! Alicia puts Natty in before the 10 count, then covers, TWO!
Alicia keeps on Natty and Natty’s bad leg. She wraps a chinlock on Natty, but Ronda and the fans rally up. Natty gets up but Alicia throws her back down. Alexa applauds the wily Alicia as she kicks Natty. Alicia mocks Ronda, then clubs Natty. Alicia grabs Natty for a standing armlock, almost an abdominal stretch. Ronda coaches Natty on, but Alicia adds bodyscissors for a floating armbar. Fans rally up again and Natty powers out! Alicia comes back with a big lariat, and Alexa mocks Natty. Alicia walks into a back elbow, then a kick. Natty blocks Alicia’s kick to throw her down on her face. Natty runs, walks all over Alicia then hits the basement dropkick! She clobbers Alicia with a clothesline, covers, TWO! Natty grabs Alicia bot Alicia pushes Natty for a Thesz Press! Cover, TWO! Alicia brings Natty up, Northern Lights, TWO!
Foxy grows frustrated, but then she swipes at Ronda! Ronda swipes back, Alexa gets a cheap shot on Natty! Alicia hits a big boot! Cover while Ronda protests, but Alicia wins!
Winner: Alicia Fox, by pinfall
Ronda’s rage boils over, she goes after Alexa! She chases Alexa into the ring, judo throw! Alicia saves Alexa from the armbar, only for Ronda to give Alicia the Rowdy Slam! Ronda isn’t done, she glares at Alexa, and intercepts her exit over the barriers! Alexa crawls away, but Alicia is back with a blindside attack! Alicia puts Ronda into barriers, then again! Alexa and Alicia have only angered Ronda more, so they retreat before Ronda can get up again. The Goddess and Foxy got the better of Ronda and Natty for now. Will there be retribution in Brooklyn?
Lesnar still lounges.
But Heyman theorizes a “total reverse of concept.” Maybe Lesnar goes out to the ring? First off, t-shirt sales! Network subscriptions! And promoting the UFC championship bout! That’s easy money all over! Heyman felt the love for The Beast. If Lesnar goes out for even just a minute, Miami will give Lesnar the “Conquering Hero’s Welcome” he deserves. Lesnar says Heyman has no idea how annoying he’s being. Lesnar doesn’t give a damn about the WWE Universe. He’d rather be on his couch, in his house. Go get a steak, medium-well with a baked potato and steamed broccoli. Go! Lesnar is treating his Advocate more like a butler. Will that last much longer if they’re both released?
Ronda and Natty talk with Angle.
Ronda is tired of Alexa using friends and lackeys! Don’t suspend Ronda over what she did, but she had to do something. Angle says Ronda will get her first ever match on Raw against Alicia Fox! They thank Angle. It’s great to be back for Ronda, but will she be ready in a week’s time?
“Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.”
The Drifter is in Miami, and Miami is happy to see him. As always, he plays his guitar, and asks, “Who Wants to Walk With Elias?!” Miami seems up for it. Elias has done it, he has dropped the greatest album of all time! Elias changes people’s lives as they hear his voice. He even beat out some of the top artists and bands, even Taylor Swift! Amen! “And it’s all because of one reason”, it is what the world knows: WWE really stands for “Walk With Elias!” Truthfully, Elias could’ve gone even higher on the charts, but he was interrupted by Bobby Lashley. Maybe Lashley was in a hurry to lose to Roman?
Miami, don’t just get on the bandwagon now. This is the same city that worships Pitbull and The Rock. Fans chant “Rocky! Rocky!” after that one. The Rock doesn’t want to take on Elias. Elias has a song, so silence phones, hold applause and shut mouths! But speaking of Bobby Lashley, here he comes!
Okay, cut Lashley’s music already! What’s Lashley doing out here? Lashley’s a big fan, and he heard his name, so he wanted a front row seat. Is that so? Well no matter what Lashley says, Elias sees through him. Lashley isn’t here to Walk With Elias, he wants to sing with Elias! No, no, Lashley is a fighter, not a singer. But Elias gets Miami’s opinion: do you want to see Lashley sing with Elias? “YES! YES!” In that case, one night only, Elias and Lashley! Elias will keep it slow and simple like Lashley himself, so try to keep up. Just start when you feel it.
Elias plays, Rockin’ Robin! Tweet tweet, Rockin’ Robin. Lashley sings, but Elias blindsides him! Elias stomps Lashley out, then pushes his stool aside. Elias ain’t letting it happen like that! But neither is Lashley, as he rocks Elias before throwing him! Elias rolls out of the ring to run away, but Lashley holds down the ring. The duet wasn’t much, but how about a fight the next time they meet?
Baron Corbin meets Kevin Owens backstage.
Great job wiping the smile off Finn’s face. Kevin clearly kisses up to Corbin, because with Braun Strowman falling out of his family’s grace, Constable Corbin is Kevin’s son’s newest favorite wrestler. Finally, a male authority figure in WWE they can look up to! That’s what Corbin is here to do: inspire. Speaking of authority, Kevin knows the Lesnar situation is concerning. Angle is disrespecting Stephanie’s authority by trying to put Lesnar in the cross-hairs of Strowman’s MITB contract! That’s not fair, so maybe the Constable can do something. Corbin will look into it, but Lesnar is Angle’s problem and Strowman having the contract is Kevin’s. Kevin’s plan didn’t go quite the way he hoped, but will there be anything to worry about before the night’s through?
Braun Strowman VS Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh!
The Monster Among Men was told the Modern Day Maharaja would be his anger management coach, but Strowman says he has his anger completely under control. It’s just that he uses it as his weapon, as he demonstrated when he threw both Mahal & Singh out of the ring last week. Will Mahal be able to maintain inner peace with the Monster barreling down on him? Or will he #GetTheseHands?
The bell rings and Mahal wants Strowman to take it easy. He tries his mantra of “Shanti~!”, but the chants of “Get These Hands!” overpowers it. Strowman then overpowers Mahal by pushing him to the mat! Strowman roars while Mahal backs to a corner. Mahal still tries to reason with him, but that’s so Strowman doesn’t see Kevin try to steal the briefcase! Strowman clobbers Mahal, then goes after Kevin. Kevin cowers back towards the timekeeper’s area, then runs! Strowman chases him down, Kevin tosses the briefcase to Sunil Singh, and Strowman PLASTERS Singh into the barriers. Strowman picks his briefcase up and chases Kevin backstage! But that’s a 10 count! Mahal wins!
Winner: Jinder Mahal, by count-out.
Mahal wins, but Strowman rushes back up to the ring. Strowman could officially lose his briefcase if something like this happens at Summerslam. Will the Monster in the Bank be able to avoid all the tricks in the Prizefighter’s playbook in Brooklyn?
Kurt Angle sees what just happened.
Baron Corbin comes in to give Angle a phone. It’s Stephanie. She knows how this will look, right? The live crowd will be very upset. She doesn’t care, so long as the Summerslam main event remains intact. But there has to be some other way. Angle accepts her orders, but what did she tell him to do? Or rather, what did she say not to do?
Mojo Rawley walks into the Raw Men’s Locker Room.
His Killer Instinct sees everyone else as “chumps.” Mojo’s been running through them relentlessly. He doesn’t hide behind keyboards, he calls people out for real. Tyler Breeze doubted Mojo. No Way Jose doubted Mojo. He relegated them both back to catering, like he did Zack Ryder not too long ago. But in walks Bobby Roode. A fantastic speech, Mojo. But if he’s in the mood to talk, Roode will ask him: “You got a problem with me?” What would Bobby do about him? Catchphrase him into submission? No, Roode TACKLES Mojo! The others watch as the two scrap it out on the floor, but then referees and security separate them! Things are tense backstage, what will happen when Mojo and Roode meet in the ring?
Apollo Crews w/ Titus Worldwide VS Akam w/ Rezar!
A rare occurrence is happening for the Authors of Pain: one of them is competing in singles action! But alone or together, the AoP warn all of the Raw Tag Team Division that while Titus and team will regret refusing the chance to bow out peacefully. Akam will not be so polite with Apollo. The book will be slammed shut, but will it be a bad ending for Titus’ star?
The bell rings and Akam gets a takedown. The two grapple and Akam puts Apollo in a corner to then throw him out of it! Akam trash talks in Punjabi, then throws Apollo again! Dana and Titus coach Apollo but he gets caught in a facelock. Akam puts Apollo in a cobra clutch but a rally builds. Apollo gets up and jawbreakers out, then sunset flips over. Akam rolls through but Apollo kicks, mule kicks, and runs to boot! Akam staggers and runs into the leaping lariat from Apollo! Apollo enziguris and standing moonsaults! TWO, but Apollo isn’t done yet. He drags Akam up but Akam throws him off! Akam runs in but hits buckles! Roll up, Apollo wins!!
Winner: Apollo Crews, by pinfall
The Authors of Pain are clearly not used to fighting alone, and that becomes a deciding factor. This was the first loss in a long time for AoP, will they be able to right the story back their way?
Seth Rollins VS Drew McIntyre w/ Dolph Ziggler!
The Architect is ready to #BurnItDown as he gets payback on the Scottish Terminator who screwed him out of being the Intercontinental Champion at Extreme Rules. Rollins still gets another shot at the Show-Off at Summerslam, so can he eliminate a major obstacle before then?
The bell rings and they tie up right away. McIntyre puts Rollins in a corner, then stomps away. Fans are hotly behind Rollins while he staggers away. McIntyre throws more hands, then whips Rollins corner to corner. Rollins goes up and over to chop and punch back. McIntyre shoves Rollins but Rollins leaps, only to be caught into a suplex! Rollins gets to the apron but McIntyre pursues. McIntyre looks under the ring, but Rollins pushes him into barriers. Rollins gets up, builds speed and DIVES! Only to be caught and thrown into barriers! McIntyre improvises and catapults Rollins into the steel! Rollins gasps for air while we go to break.
Raw returns, and McIntyre glares at Rollins as he climbs back up. Rollins runs and dropkicks McIntyre off the apron! Rollins builds speed, and DIVES! This time it hits, so Rollins hits another DIVE! Fans are fired up as Rollins thinks about further payback. He exposes the bars under the ring, to throw McIntyre into them! They go back in the ring, and Rollins aims at McIntyre. Rollins runs in for the forearm smash, then suplexes him. McIntyre resists but Rollins fights out. Rollins runs but into a tilt-o-whirl. He lands on his feet from it, to then Falcon Arrow McIntyre! Cover, TWO! Ziggler grows panicked on the outside as Rollins grits his teeth and gets back up. Rollins stomps, “Burn It Down!” Mule kick, then the run, but into a spinebuster! Cover, TWO!
Both men are down from exhaustion, but McIntyre grits his teeth now. McIntyre stands first, then drags Rollins up. McIntyre double underhooks but Rollins slips out to enziguri. Rollins misses, and ends up in a deadlift gutwrench! Rollins fights out to huricarana and SUPERKICK! McIntyre dares him to do more, so Rollins SUPERKICKS him again! Rollins hurries up top, but McIntyre stops him. McIntyre chops Rollins, then climbs up to join him. McIntyre positions Rollins, SUPER EMERALD FUSION!
Cover, TWO! McIntyre and Ziggler can’t understand how, but fans are still cheering for Rollins. “This is Awesome!” as Rollins rolls away. McIntyre aims, rams him into the ropes, then swings him with the inverted- No, Rollins Victory Roll! TWO! CURB STOMP! But Ziggler attacks!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by disqualification
The Show-Off will not allow Rollins to win cleanly. He drags Rollins up, but Rollins turns it around! Ziggler gets up and elbows Rollins, but Rollins denies the Zig-Zag! Rollins clotheslines Ziggler out to then DIVE on him! The Kingslayer gets the win and the better of both men. Will Rollins finally get the better of them with the belt on the line in Brooklyn?
Kurt Angle and Baron Corbin visit Roman Reigns backstage.
Angle tells Roman that Stephanie McMahon called, and with Lesnar heading out to the ring later, they need to remove Roman from the building. Who cares what Stephanie said? She’s not here. But it’ll cost Roman his Universal Championship opportunity if he doesn’t leave. When’s this gonna stop? Roman gets the pressures of the job, but Angle’s been in Roman’s position. Yes, he has. They’re both dogs, champions, and have felt pressure. But Roman isn’t some Yes Man. That’s fine by Corbin, he has police ready to escort Roman out. Roman has no choice now, but he dose get a shot in on Corbin first! Will The Big Dog pay for hitting Stephanie’s Lone Wolf?
Charly Caruso interviews The B-Team in the ring.
The “undefeated” Raw Tag Team Champions have done what no one ever imagined, including themselves. They have defeated the Deleters of Worlds time and again. It was thanks to chaos and luck, but that still angered WOKEN Hardy & Bray Wyatt. Bo Dallas & Curt Axel renamed themselves and have become the best. The B in “B-Team” stands for Dream! Huh? Their point is that they feel like they’re living their dreams. And they never want to wake up! The support of their B Teammates in the WWE Universe is overwhelming! Thank you! But Hardy & Wyatt aren’t as happy about this. Yes, it was weird. They applaud Bo & Axel, then attack? What’s with that? They’re sore losers! But the B Team ain’t scared, they’re champions! They can beat anyone!
So the Deleters appear! Bo & Axel are scared, and Charly gives them all the ring. Hardy speaks, saying “you’re success is a cosmic anomaly!” The balance of the universe is off, and it is up to Hardy & Wyatt to correct it. The B Team talks about dreams as if they mean something? Dreams are fleeting. They cannot be touched, but nightmares are very real. They’re made of insecurities and fears. The Deleters are their nightmares manifested, ye-e-e-e-es. They will haunt The B Team until they are DELETED! But wait, here comes The Revival!
The #TopGuys aren’t letting this happen. Bray, Matt, nothing you said made sense. And more than that, how are these four atop the Raw Tag Team Division? News Flash: Dash & Dawson defeated Lashley & Roman! Therefore, Matt, Bray, move aside and let some real contenders get the job done. Bo & Axel speak up, saying that they will be more than happy to step aside to let the Revival talk to Matt & Bray. But then Bray shoves Bo and a fight breaks out! The B Team gets away, but the Deleters throw Dash & Dawson out! With two teams wanting the B Team’s titles, will the B soon stand for former champions?
The Revival VS The Deleters of Worlds!
That brawl from before has now become a full on match as Dash & Dawson go up against Hardy & Wyatt for the first time ever. Raw returns as Hardy bumps Dash’s head off buckles, “DELETE! DELETE!” The B-Team is on commentary watching this to watch their contenders beat each other up. Wyatt tags in and together back drops Dash with Hardy. Wyatt goes to a corner, and Spider Walks over! Dash panics, and he runs into a headbutt. Wyatt tags Hardy, then adds a headbutt to Hardy’s leg sweep. Cover, TWO. Hardy brings Dash up but Dash fights back. Dash puts Hardy in a corner but Hardy fights his way out. Hardy can’t get away as Dash tags Dawson. They hit Hardy with Boston Crab leg drops!
Fans rally for the Deleters while Dawson clobbers Hardy down. Cover, TWO, but Dawson keeps on Hardy with a chinlock. Hardy feeds off the fan energy, but Dash tags back in. hardy throws Dawson ff only fro Dash to grab him in a chinlock. The B Team gives them credit for being a great team. Dash throws Hardy down by his hair, cover, TWO. Dash puts a chinlock back on, but Hardy fights out again. Hardy jawbreakers, but Dash tags Dawson. Dawson intercepts Hardy but gets a Side Effect! Both men are down and crawl for their corners. Hot tags to Dash and Bray! Wyatt rallies on Dash, then clobbers Dawson. Wyatt goes corner to corner for a corner splash. Then he hits the body check! Wyatt grabs Dash but Dawson flies in. Dawson and Dash double team, but Wyatt fights them off.
Wyatt grabs Dash but Dawson dropkicks him down. Hardy comes in and throws Dawson out. He goes to Twist but Dawson rams him into barriers. Dash kicks Bray but Bray clobbers him down again. He prepares Sister Abigail, but Dash pulls hair to get out of it. Dawson tags in, and SHATTER MACHINE! Cover, The Revival wins!
Winners: The Revival, by pinfall
The B Team is surprised to see this, but they’re not afraid of taking on these two #TopGuys. Will Dash & Dawson #SayYeah after finally getting their shot at the titles?
Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.
The Architect overcame numbers, but it must be so exhausting to do it all alone. It is, but what Dolph & Drew don’t understand is that there’s no quit in Rollins. Rollins will stop at nothing to win that title back. But then Ziggler and McIntyre attack from behind! They beat him down 2v1, wanting to make sure Rollins is worse for wear. If this continues, will Rollins even make it to Summerslam?
Bayley & Sasha Banks VS The Riott Squad!
The Squad is still without its leader, but the Juvenile Delinquent & the Country Viking are still a strong duo. Meanwhile, the Huggable One and the Legit Boss only just reunited as friends. Will the repaired bond of the “Boss & Hug Connection” hold up against the perfectly stable bond between the unstable Liv & Sarah?
The bell rings and Bayley starts against Sarah Logan. They tie up, and Sarah gets a waistlock. She throws Bayley down, then looms over her. Sarah grabs an arm to wrench it, but Bayley stands up. Sarah wrenches again but Bayley reverses to a takedown. Bayley has a leg, then puts Sarah in her corner. Tag to Sasha, and the #LegitHuggable duo throw Sarah backwards. Bayley snapmares and Sasha adds double knees. Cover, TWO! Sasha goes after Sarah’s arm now, but Sarah stands up. Sasha wrenches then goes acrobatic for an arm-drag! She dropkicks Sarah down, cover, TWO! Sasha drags Sarah back over, tag to Bayley. Bayley rolls Sarah up, TWO.
Bayley brings Sarah up but Sarah fights back. Sarah runs in but is snake eye’d on the buckles. Bayley runs while Sasha tags in, BIG knee for Sarah in the corner. Then on the apron, Sasha gives more double knees! Liv protests but the reunited duo is in control while we go to break.
Raw returns and now Sarah has Sasha in a cobra clutch. She grinds Sasha down but Bayley and the fans rally up. Sasha feeds off that energy and throws Sarah off. She runs but is kept away from Bayley. Sarah powers Sasha all the way over, and tags to Liv. Liv climbs up for Sarah to throw Sasha into her knees. Liv adds a tornado facebuster, covers, TWO! Fans rally while Liv thrashes Sasha around in a chinlock. Liv tries to drown it out with her shrieks, but Sasha still gets up. Sasha fights out and then rolls Liv up, TWO. Liv tackles Sasha down to prevent a tag. Liv drags Sasha up but Sasha throws her off into ropes! Hot tag to Bayley!
Bayley throws Liv to the apron then hotshots her. She keeps moving to Thesz Press and fast hands! Bayley runs to knee Liv in the face! She hits Sarah for good measure, then runs in for shoulder tackle and the wacky waving elbow! Bayley goes in for another but gets a knee from Liv! Liv hops up, but Bayley stops her with a forearm. Bayley climbs up and Sasha tags in. SUPER Steiner throws Liv, for Sasha’s SUPER Meteora! Cover, but Sarah breaks it up! Bayley throws Sarah out, then gets back to her corner. Sasha and Liv crawl around, and Sasha drags Liv up. Jawbreaker but Bayley tags in. Sasha Backstabber into the Bayley2Belly! Cover, Boss & Hug Connection wins!
Winners: Bayley & Sasha, by pinfall
The bond is stronger than ever, and that leads to victory! With WWE Evolution still on the horizon, can this renewed friendship lead them to something big?
Lesnar still lounges.
But Heyman barges back in. The show’s almost over. They go out, Lesnar bows and waves, hello good-bye, and they’re in a private steakhouse in 25 minutes. And what could go wrong? Roman is removed from the arena! Lesnar thinks it over. Are they getting paid? Of course they are! Lesnar showed up, the contract obligations were met. But to put it bluntly, they have a contract as client and manager, but there’s the WWE contracts they have to worry about. If Lesnar doesn’t go out, they’re both fired. Heyman begs Lesnar to just go out for a minute. If not as a client, than as a friend.
Lesnar stands up, and grabs Heyman! They’re not friends. Heyman works for Lesnar, not the other way around! Understood? Yes… By the way, how long has Heyman been leaching off him? Heyman needs to do his job, got it? Yes, sir… Heyman hurries away from the tyrant Beast. Is Lesnar honoring his contract? What could possibly go wrong?
Kurt Angle and Baron Corbin head to the ring.
The Raw GM and Constable pave the way for this make or break moment. Angle calls Heyman out to bring Lesnar out, and reminds them that Roman Reigns has been removed from the building. If Heyman and Lesnar don’t appear, it’s their last night on Raw. Heyman reluctantly comes out, sweating bullets. His introduction is far from its usual enthusiastic tone. He joins Angle and Corbin in the ring while fans sing, “Nana na na, Hey Hey Hey~, Good Bye!” Heyman lets us know his client refuses to walk out to the ring. Angle has had enough! A real champion shows up!! A real champion defends his title at all costs, and goes the extra mile. Real champions do charity work! But Lesnar does none of that! Lesnar is the worst champion of all time! Fans agree with that!
Heyman won’t argue with Angle, because yes, Lesnar is the worst. And Heyman tried to help Lesnar, tried to mold him into not just a UFC fighter but a WWE superstar! But Lesnar barely respects anyone, and barley tolerates Heyman! Heyman wanted to make Lesnar more like Angle, who was a Gold Medalist, legendary superstar and now GM of Raw! So if Angle has someone to punish, it’s not Heyman, but Brock Lesnar! Angle’s pretty sure Heyman’s full of crap. Heyman is genuine, though! He’s tried and tried and tried! But Lesnar doesn’t care! Lesnar doesn’t respect anyone here! But Heyman respects Angle. Heyman would like a better working relationship. No, their contracts are TERMINATED! Get off him! Heyman crawls and begs, but here comes Lesnar! The Beast isn’t about to be fired like that. He heads down to the ring and Heyman is thankfully joyful now.
Lesnar takes his time pacing about the ring before entering. He puts his championship belt on Heyman’s shoulder before speaking. “Do you have a problem with me?” He asks that to both Angle and Corbin. Then he gives Angle an F5!! Corbin is slowly backing away. Lesnar looms over Angle, and Heyman grins. The Beast takes his belt back and slings it over his shoulder. But then he grabs Heyman by the jaw! “Look at him! You see that?!” Lesnar pins Heyman to the mat and Heyman begs him to stop, he can’t breathe. Lesnar shows his Advocate mercy, for now. The Beast has become a tyrant, can Roman Reigns hope to dethrone him once and for all?
What a filler of a Raw. While Raw really played up the uncaring Heel Lesnar to great levels, they did not at all capitalize on what they could’ve done tonight to save fans from Vince’s fantasy. Of course, Vince doesn’t care about us, he already has so much money coming in from television networks. But that’s a rant for another article. What I’m getting at is that logically speaking, Braun Strowman should’ve appeared at the end to go after Lesnar to attempt a MITB Cash-In. But because WWE wants to preserve their match card in both kayfabe and reality, that didn’t happen. Strowman still runs the risk of losing that briefcase to Kevin Owens should shenanigans happen like in Strowman VS Mahal. I would hope WWE doesn’t do that, but you can’t trust Vince anymore.
Then almost every match, if not all of them, barely mattered. Corbin ties his series with Finn in a good match, so I guess that means they’ll continue into Summerslam. Alicia subs in for Mickie and wins thanks to Alexa, but that match would’ve probably gone the same if Mickie wasn’t hurt. Ronda VS Alicia next week will be some fun, though, assuming that even ends cleanly. Titus Worldwide VS AoP is continuing with singles matches, it seems. This is still just a hold over feud for AoP, I’m pretty sure they’ll be in the Raw Tag Title scene after Summerslam. It’s good The Revival got a win over Deleters of Worlds, but I’m starting to think we’re getting a Triple Threat for the titles. I’d go with that, and perhaps it unites B Team & Deleters against Dash & Dawson. Just whatever gets us to Bo & Bray Wyatt Brothers.
Rollins VS McIntyre was turning into another great match, but it just had to have a Heel attack finish. Then there’s the blindside attack backstage. If this isn’t leading to Dean Ambrose coming back to help Rollins, I’m not sure what it could be. At the same time, there is talk of a change to the Intercontinental Championship match, so that seems intriguing. Elias VS Lashley is being established, and this will be another easy win for Lashley. Maybe WWE will wise up and give him some kind of title soon. Oddly enough, I think Bayley-Sasha VS Riott Squad was the highlight for both live and home audiences. WWE missed an opportunity not calling the team “Legit Huggable” but oh well. It’s at least a sign that they’re on the way to a Women’s Tag Division, eventually.
My Score: 7.7/10
Mitchell’s NJPW AXS Results: Wrestling Dontaku 2019 Part 2!
AXS wraps Wrestling Dontaku with TWO HOURS!
It’s the AXS finale of NJPW Wrestling Dontaku 2019!
AXS and NJPW give us TWO hours and two championship matches! Jeff Cobb defends the NEVER Openweight Championship while Kazuchika Okada defends the IWGP Heavyweight Championship!
Coverage of NJPW Wrestling Dontaku 2019 will be as broadcast by AXS TV.
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- NEVER Openweight Championship: Jeff Cobb VS Taichi; Taichi wins and becomes the new NEVER Openweight Champion.
- EVIL VS Tomohiro Ishii; Ishii wins.
- IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada VS SANADA; Okada wins and retains the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
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NJPW and AXS set the scene for this epic Wrestling Dontaku 2019 finale!
“Legacies will be defined” as The Rainmaker pushes past redemption and moves on to reestablish himself. It was through the 2019 New Japan Cup that Kazuchika Okada earned another chance at the IWGP Heavyweight Champion and Jay White, and it was at G1 Supercard that he took that title back! The now five-time champion keeps his promise of giving Cold Skull Sanada the first shot! The story of Okada and Sanada goes back to Sanada’s debut in 2016, in which he attacked Okada on Los Ingobernables de Japon leader Tetsuya Naito’s behalf. Sanada has climbed the ranks in the singles division, but is this the night he finally proves he is worthy? Or will Okada continue to prove he’s on another level?
Meanwhile, the Stone Pitbull and the King of Darkness have recently renewed a rivalry. They teamed with Okada and Sanada in a tag team match on the first night, and it went Evil’s way when put Tomohiro Ishii in the Scorpion Deathlock, a move copied from Ishii’s mentor! However, it was the referee who called the match for the sake of Ishii’s well-being, Ishii did not submit. Will Evil finally make Ishii give in? Or will Ishii get revenge for Evil adding insult to injury?
NEVER Openweight Championship: Jeff Cobb VS Taichi!
The Hawaiian Hulk has a title belt in both ROH and NJPW! But that only means more work for the Olympic wrestler, and that includes facing the Sliest Wrestler in the World, backed by Suzuki-Gun! Will all the tricks in Taichi’s book amount to nothing against the colossal cross-promotion champion?
The introductions are made, the belt is presented, and the dramatic Taichi takes his time removing his entrance gear. Miho Abe takes care of his coat but Cobb makes sure Taichi puts his knapsack down, too. Taichi does, the bell rings, and we begin!
Cobb and Taichi slowly circle. Taichi goes back to his corner to have Miho fix his hair. Cobb grows annoyed but Taichi is in the corner so he can’t be touched. They circle but then Taichi bails out to regroup with Miho, Taka Michinoku and Kanemaru. Taichi takes his time returning, all to troll Cobb. Miho gets on the apron to be a distraction, and Taichi gets in from behind! He clubs Cobb, but it only annoys Cobb more! Cobb kicks Taichi then CHOPS him! Cobb CHOPS Taichi more, but Taichi rakes the eyes! Taichi whips but Cobb reverses and things speed up. Cobb hurdles and dropkicks Taichi! Fans applaud Cobb’s agility while Taichi bails out. Cobb builds speed, but Taichi uses Miho as a shield!
Fans boo but Cobb bails out. Cobb tells Taichi to man up but Taichi still “cowers” behind Miho. Red Shoes reprimands Taichi, but he doesn’t see Kanemaru attack Cobb from behind! Kanemaru’s forearms do more to Cobb than Taichi’s. But Cobb whips Kanemaru into railing! And he throws forearms on him! Taichi uses his mic stand on Cobb! Taichi chokes Cobb while Red Shoes is down. Red Shoes gets up with help from a Young Lion, and stops Taichi. Taichi whips Cobb into railing then brings him to NJPW commentary. He bounces Cobb off the announce desks then chokes him with cables! Taichi leaves Cobb behind long enough to take the NEVER Openweight belt. Taichi holds it up as if it’s already his. Fans boo and Red Shoes shakes his head.
Cobb drags himself up and gets in the ring before a count begins, but Taichi stomps away on him. Taichi stands on Cobb’s back and head, but lets up at Red Shoes’ count. Taichi smirks as he stands Cobb up to choke him into a corner! Red Shoes counts again but Taichi lets up, only to grind Cobb’s face on ropes. Taichi smirks more as he rakes Cobb’s face! He stops at Red Shoes’ count but then brings Cobb up for a snapmare and swift kick. Cobb only gets mad and stands back up. Cobb throws big forearms on Taichi! Taichi mule kicks Cobb away, then runs in for a big corner clothesline. Taichi keeps moving, but Cobb dodges. Cobb wants a belly2belly but Taichi rakes the eyes! Taichi runs, but into a scoop to suplex! Cobb puts Taichi on the top rope, to CHOP him.
Cobb adjusts and climbs to join Taichi. Taichi holds on but Cobb gets up for a stalling SUPERPLEX! Taichi bounces up from momentum alone then flounders to a corner. Cobb slowly stands and gets himself to a corner while Taichi slowly sits up. Cobb runs in but Taichi dodges. Taichi misses his kick but Cobb chops and clotheslines with no wasted motion! Cobb whips corner to corner then runs in for a BIG elbow! Cobb fireman’s carries Taichi for a Samoan Drop! “Gochimuchi” Moonsault but Taichi dodges! Taichi kicks but misses and Cobb waistlocks. Taichi elbows free but Cobb shoves. Cobb runs but misses in the corner, Taichi hits his enziguri! Taichi brings Cobb in, but he can’t lift Cobb! He kicks away on Cobb’s face, then tries again, but that doesn’t change anything! Cobb back drops Taichi instead!
Taichi wrenches and hook kicks Cobb! Taichi hits the buzzsaw! Cover, TWO!! Cobb is tougher than that, so Taichi focuses his power. Off come the pants! Taichi aims and kicks, but Cobb deflects to hit back with a big right. Taichi kicks but it barely bothers Cobb. Neither does the next kick or the next kick. If anything, Cobb starts liking it. Cobb forearms Taichi and dares him to come back. He throws more forearms, and Taichi falls to his knees. Cobb dares Taichi to stand, and Taichi fires himself up. Taichi kicks away on Cobb’s chest, but Cobb blocks and brings Taichi in for a Fall Away Slam! Cobb runs as fans rally, but Taichi dodges to mule kick! But Cobb forearms back, so Taichi enziguris! Both men are down but fans are fired up!
Miho, Taka and Kanemaru coach up Taichi but the fans rally behind Cobb. Taichi grabs Cobb for a dragon sleeper, but Cobb powers out. Cobb arm-drags Taichi off, then scoops him for- No, Taichi gets out of the Tour for a BIG saido suplex! Taichi drags Cobb up again, dragon sleeper and armlock, but Cobb endures the “stretch bar.” Cobb reaches but Taichi cranks back. Fans rally again but Taichi shifts to a cover, TWO!! Cobb still has life and Taichi grows frustrated. Taichi stands Cobb up and brings him up in an Alabama lift. But Cobb is just too much! Cobb clubs Taichi and gut wrench suplexes! He holds on and rolls to bring him up for another! Cobb still holds on, for a PILEDRIVER! Cobb can’t cover, he’s too tired!
Fans rally as both men are down! Cobb stirs but goes the wrong way. Miho panics and almost cries for Taichi but it’s Cobb who slowly stands up. Fans duel as Cobb drags Taichi back up. Taichi is dead weight but Cobb gets him up and whips him, but Taichi boots! Taichi is alive and whips, but Cobb reverses to the Athletic Plex! Cobb drags Taichi up, throws him, but Taichi holds ropes. Taichi boots and roundhouses! And rabbit ax bombers to another enziguri! Both men are down again, and it’s Taichi who can’t make a cover! Taichi revives and fires up! He takes aim at Cobb, who staggers over. Superkick blocked, for a Tour- No, Taichi escapes, but gets a LARIAT! GACHIMUCHI! And then, a Tour of the- No, roll up! TWO!!
Taichi pushes Red Shoes to LOW BLOW Cobb! Chicken wing cradle, TWO!! Not even a kick to the balls can stop Cobb! But Taichi aims, SUPERKICK!! Then Alabama lift, BLACK MEPHISTO!! Cover, Taichi wins!!
Winner: Taichi, by pinfall; NEW NEVER Openweight Champion
For the second time ever, the Sliest Wrestler holds this belt! And most surprisingly, he barely had to cheat! Cobb is no longer champion in both ROH and NJPW, but will Cobb be back for a rematch?
EVIL VS Tomohiro Ishii!
Again, the Stone Pitbull did not submit to the Scorpion Deathlock as put on by the King of Darkness. However, he was still trapped in it with no way out. Will Ishii fall for that trap again? Or will he have an escape plan this time?
NJPW returns after the entrances and we get right to the bell!
Evil and Ishii collide, then collide, then collide. Ishii runs and bumps Evil, who comes back on the rebound, but so does Ishii! They just keep ramming into each other! Evil and Ishii each fire up as the fans fire up. Evil throws a forearm but Ishii gives it back, and repeat. They go back and forth like this, fast and furious, and the fans rally up with them! The brawl keeps going, forearm for forearm, elbow for elbow! Evil gets rocked and Ishii keeps on him. Ishii runs but into Evil’s elbow! Evil runs but they go shoulder to shoulder again! They both run, and they both collide! Evil finally knocks Ishii down!
Fans cheer while Evil catches his breath and Ishii writhes. Evil drags Ishii up to toss him out. Evil follows to club away, then whip into barriers! Ishii hits the floor but Evil doesn’t let up. Evil brings Ishii up to throw into the post! You could hear that *BING* of head hitting metal! Evil stomps Ishii then drags him back up to throw back into railing. He puts Ishii’s leg through the rails to kick! Ishii hobbles as the ring count passes 15! Evil puts Ishii in at 17 and fans cheer. Evil stomps the leg now, but Ishii eggs him on! So Evil slams the leg and puts on a toehold. Ishii endures while pulling Evil’s hair. Evil pulls back on the leg and ankle, but Ishii drags himself to a ropebreak. Red Shoes counts and Evil lets go.
Evil looms over Ishii but Ishii throws body shots. Ishii chops but it doesn’t hurt. Evil CHOPS Ishii and he staggers back! Ishii chops but Evil CHOPS! They keep going back and forth, Ishii’s chop meeting Evil’s CHOP! Ishii fires off many chops but Evil just needs one double hand CHOP to floor Ishii! Evil keeps on that leg, clearly preparing for the Scorpion Deathlock. He puts it on, but Ishii resists being turned over! Ishii slaps Evil so Evil chokes and CHOPS Ishii. Ishii just takes the chops and stands up. He wobbles over to Evil to fire off forearms, but Evil kicks the bad leg out. Evil whips Ishii to a corner but Ishii comes back with a clothesline! However, Ishii hobbles, showing that Evil’s plan is working.
Evil stands but Ishii CHOPS him in a corner. Ishii CHOPS and forearms and repeats. He whips corner to corner but Evil reverses to forearm, only to run into a powerslam! Both men are down but Ishii’s up first. Ishii drags Evil up but Evil resists the back suplex with elbows. Evil brings Ishii towards a corner but Ishii rams his shoulder in! And again and again! Ishii runs back in but into a boot, only to clothesline Evil anyway! Fans rally both ways as Ishii gets his back and legs moving. Ishii drags Evil up and hoists him onto the top rope. Ishii climbs up to join Evil, but Evil resists. Evil holds onto the crossbars so Ishii headbutts him! Ishii lifts Evil for the SUPERPLEX! He crawls to a cover, TWO!
Fans rally up as Ishii stands. Ishii wants Evil to stand, then he runs, but Evil boots the lariat and blocks the other. He passes Ishii’s kick to Red Shoes to mule kick Ishii’s leg! Evil suplexes Ishii into buckles! The Pitbull bails out of the ring but Evil pursues. Evil goes under the ring and tosses chairs around. Ishii hits back and brings Evil over. Evil blocks the suplex, but Ishii still tries. Evil suplexes to put Ishii on the rails, Anarchy Suplex! Almost a Magic Killer! Evil gets back up and grabs one of those chairs. He puts one around Ishii’s head and has the other! Red Shoes runs out to reprimand Evil but Evil shoves him away! Evil then swings and SMACKS the chair off around Ishii’s head! The Pitbull goes down while we go to break.
NJPW returns again as Evil drags Ishii up. Fans cheer as Evil wants to end this in the ring. Evil rallies the fans and takes aim at Ishii. He runs corner to corner and hits a BIG corner clothesline! Evil roars while Ishii flops to the mat. Evil drags Ishii up for a suplex and he puts Ishii on the top rope. Now Evil joins Ishii up there but Red Shoes is worried. Evil stands Ishii up, for a SUPERPLEX of his own! He crawls to a cover, TWO!! Ishii’s far tougher than that, so Evil goes after the legs! Scorpion Deathlock! Ishii endures this hold all over again, but he also powers up! He crawls himself towards the ropes but Evil sits down deeper! Fans rally as Ishii powers up again. Ishii crawls again, but Evil sits back down.
Ishii grabs at Red Shoes to keep himself from tapping, and then he gets the ropebreak! Evil lets go and wipes the sweat from his brow. Evil looms over Ishii and drags him back up. He lifts Ishii but Ishii slips out. Ishii waistlocks but Evil elbows out. Ishii swings but Evil dodges to waistlock, only for Ishii to swing again, which Evil again dodges. Evil swings but Ishii blocks, and Ishii waistlocks only for Evil to elbow out. Evil swings again, but into Ishii’s back suplex! Both men are down but fans fire up again. Evil goes after the legs again with elbows to the knee. But Ishii eggs him on! Evil mule kicks the knee but Ishii fires off forearms. Evil ROCKS Ishii with that right!
Fans rally as Ishii falls to his knees, but Evil runs. Ishii blocks a clothesline with a clothesline, then runs. Evil runs from the corner, but Ishii sees it coming and clotheslines him down! Ishii grits his teeth while fans are thunderous. He puts Evil in the Scorpion Deathlock! Evil endures the move now as Ishii sits down deep! Evil powers his way over, but Ishii cranks back harder! But Evil still gets the ropebreak! Ishii lets go and is frustrated, but he doesn’t let up. He goes after Evil again, dragging him up by his singlet. Ishii goes after a leg with a knee jammer! Evil fights off the shin breaker, then spins, but into Ishii’s elbows from all sides! Evil spins again but into another big forearm! Ishii sits Evil up for the sliding lariat! Cover, TWO!!
Fans are thunderous all over again as Ishii stands Evil up. Ishii suplexes, but Evil knees out. Evil shoves and German Suplexes! But Ishii’s up to clobber Evil! Evil headbutts and LARIATS back! Ishii flounders but Evil is up again. Evil wants another and runs, and LARIATS again! Cover, TWO!! Ishii still lives! The fans are at a fever pitch as Evil catches his breath. Evil slashes the throat to say it’s over. He drags Ishii up, spins, but Ishii slips out! Evil spins Ishii again, but Ishii gets a waistlock and German Suplex! But now Evil’s up in an instant! Only to run into Ishii’s LARIAT! ONE?! Evil hits another lariat! Then lariats collide! Both men fall over! Red Shoes checks on both men but they’re somehow okay to continue.
Fans rally up and gives both men new life. Ishii and Evil stand, and head for each other. They collide with clotheslines again, and stagger on weak legs. Evil and Ishii run and collide yet again! Evil roars and runs, but Ishii tanks the clotheslines! Ishii headbutts then forearms then headbutts Evil again! Evil falls to a knee but Ishii stands him back up, only for Evil to hook the arm! Ishii spins Evil around but Evil spins out of the full nelson to suplex Ishii! Ishii knees free and spins Evil, only for Evil to get him with a Half ‘n’ Half Suplex! Evil drags himself to a corner while Ishii slowly stands. Evil runs but gets caught! Ishii wants to steal the STO!
But Evil spins Ishii around, full nelson to fireman’s carry, but Ishii slips out, clothesline blocked! Rolling elbow hits! Enzugiri! Evil is out cold but Ishii isn’t done with him! Ishii runs and LARIATS! Cover, TWO?! Evil still lives and Ishii can’t believe it! But he won’t stop, he suplexes to the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, Ishii wins!!
Winner: Tomohiro Ishii, by pinfall
Finally, after a human demolition derby, the Stone Pitbull is victorious! Two of the toughest in NJPW went head to head and Ishii proves the tougher, but when and where will we see this match again?
NJPW Media Backstage Interviews
Ishii says “That’s what you get, facing me in a singles match.” Did Evil learn his lesson? If not, Ishii will happily teach him it again.
But then Taichi walks in to smirk at Ishii. “Oi. Congrats on earning the right to challenge me.” What? You heard Taichi right, Ishii now has the right to challenge for the NEVER Openweight Championship. So Taichi wants after Ishii, huh? Well there’s no one else, so Ishii might as well be the new #1 Contender. Be happy to be chosen. Well if Taichi wants this, Ishii’s game. No it’s about Taichi throwing the Pitbull a bone. Then ask him nicely? As if. The Pitbull should be begging. Accept it and be grateful. Yeah, Taichi seems so grateful, the way he’s treated that belt already. It was broken when Taichi got it from Cobb. Whatever. Ishii accepts the challenge. No, no, Ishii is challenging Taichi, got it? Whatever you say. Weirdo.
But it’s been awhile since Ishii’s seen that belt. Taichi just wants revenge from the New Japan Cup. Reminds Ishii of another wrestler in NJPW. But Ishii’s up for this match anytime, because the results will be the same. When and where will NJPW give us this new NEVER Openweight Championship showdown?
Hiroshi Tanahashi returns to NJPW!
The Ace has been gone since suffering an elbow injury and going through the subsequent surgery to repair it. He surprises the fans here at Wrestling Dontaku, because he has something he wishes to say.
“Tanahashi desu. I had surgery on my left elbow. The cast came off the other day, and I got my stitches out. But I wish I could have competed here.” It was a year ago that here, in Fukuoka, that the crowd was behind him. He rode that wave of energy to win the 28th G1 Climax that August. And then he won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in the Tokyo Dome. But then in February, he lost, and his losses piled up. And he feels as low as the floor right now. Fans cheer, wanting him to rise back up.
Tanahashi knows he’s starting from the bottom. But as he stands back up, he vows that on June 5th, at Ryogoku, he’ll make another comeback! He continues to say that after that, he’ll again go after the IWGP Heavyweight title! Will the Once in a Century Talent make yet another heroic return?
But wait, here comes Jay White and Gedo! Fans boo as the Switchblade takes the mic from Tanahashi. Gedo tells White some things, and then White grins at Tanahashi. Fans boo as White begins to speak. “You want the IWGP Heavyweight Championship? You think you deserve the IWGP Heavyweight Championship?” The line starts behind White, and Tanahashi is at the back, even behind Hirooki Goto! White is the REAL champion, and it doesn’t matter who wins between Okada and Sanada, White’s turn is next. “Do you understand me?” Gedo makes a move on Tanahashi, but it’s just so White can get his cheap shot in! White stomps Tanahashi as fans boo and the bell rings. White rains down rights then stomps him more.
Gedo ups the ante by bringing out chairs! White grabs one and puts it around Tanahashi’s newly recovered arm! He grabs the other chair, but Young Lions save Tanahashi! White fights them off but Tanahashi is safe from further harm. White picks up the mic again to tell Tanahashi, “I am next!” Fans boo White and cheer Tanahashi. Will the Switchblade and The Ace settle things in the ring to decide who really is next to face the top champion in NJPW? For that matter, we still have the main event to go. Who will be the top champion in NJPW after the dust settles?
NJPW and AXS advertise G1 Climax 29!
Mark your calendars, because on July 6th, 2019, AXS will begin coverage of the Summer’s major heavyweight tournament! The biggest and best of NJPW will once again compete in a round robin tournament to crown a #1 Contender to the IWGP Heavyweight Championship!
IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada VS SANADA!
The Rainmaker’s redemption was completed in Madison Square Garden during the history G1 Supercard event! Now Okada returns to give Cold Skull first crack at this fifth title reign. With the Switchblade already calling his shot, who will have the Bullet Club’s cutthroat leader targeting them through the Summer?
The introductions are made, both men take off their elaborately decorated jackets, and the belt is presented. The bell rings and fans are already thunderous as we begin!
Okada and Sanada hear the fans duel before circling. They approach and watch the other closely. Okada backs off so Sanada does the same. They circle again and tie up. Okada waistlocks but Sanada wristlocks and standing switches. Okada switches back but Sanada drops to an armlock. Sanada waistlocks but Okada wrenches free. Okada wrenches more but Sanada reverses it back. Okada rolls and trips up Sanada, and gets the toehold. Sanada endures as Okada cranks back. Sanada tries to chinlock but Okada cranks again. But Sanada manages to sit up and gets Okada’s arm, but Okada blocks the armbar. Okada rolls but Sanada denies a cover. Okada has the leg for a standing toehold, but Sanada works on an escape. Sanada rolls and rolls and breaks free, and fans applaud.
Okada backs off and takes his time circling with Sanada. Sanada and Okada go again, and Okada rolls to get the wristlock. He brings Sanada to the mat then back up for a wrench. Okada gets both arms for a standing stretch, but Sanada endures. Sanada goes to power up but Okada brings him back around. Okada digs his head into Sanada’s back, but Sanada works on turning it around. Sanada and Okada struggle but Okada gets it back. Sanada tries again, and though he gets it, Okada quickly turns it back around. Okada throws Sanada down but Sanada throws Okada from the mat. Okada rolls Sanada, ONE! Sanada rolls Okada, ONE! Okada sweeps Sanada but Sanada gets off to sweep. Okada gets out and both men knip up!
Fans cheer as these two are evenly matched to this point. Okada and Sanada have to nod in respect to the other, too. They circle again and tie up. They stare down as they shift from knuckle locks to collar and elbow. Okada puts Sanada on the ropes, and Red Shoes calls for the break. Classic Okada fakes the chop to pat Sanada’s shoulder. But Sanada comes back with fiery kicks and forearms! Sanada whips but Okada reverses, and boots Sanada to a snapmare. Okada runs and basement dropkicks Sanada down! Okada catches his breath while Sanada checks his head. The champ stands Sanada up and laces the arm through for a modified stretch. Sanada endures but Okada lets go.
Okada brings Sanada around to scoop slam him, then slingshot senton! Sanada clutches his ribs while Okada takes his time returning. Cover, ONE, but Okada keeps on Sanada with a chinlock. Sanada endures the knee in his neck while Okada pulls back. Sanada works on an escape but Okada just brings him back. Fans duel as Sanada works his way back up. Sanada elbows free but Okada clubs him on the back. Okada whips and runs in, but Sanada boots him away. Sanada dropkicks Okada’s legs out! Okada grits his teeth and clutches his knee. Sanada brings Okada up, blocks Okada’s kick, and trips Okada up! Okada pushes him away but runs into a huricanrana! Sanada rolls through to get the arms and legs!
Okada powers out of Paradise and speeds things up, but Sanada dropkicks the leg again! Dragon screw, to Paradise! Fans cheer as Sanada hears them out. Fans duel and rally as Sanada takes aim from a corner, to kick Okada out of Paradise! Cover, TWO, but Sanada keeps cool. Sanada chinlocks but Okada endures. Okada works on an escape but Sanada elbow drops him down. Sanada puts the chinlock on again, but Okada reaches for ropes. Sanada wrangles Okada away and cranks back on the chinlock. Okada scrambles and uses his long legs to get the ropebreak! Sanada lets go but comes back to bring Okada up. He puts Okada in a corner to whip corner to corner. He hits a back elbow then snap suplexes Okada down! Cover, TWO!
Sanada keeps his cool while bringing Okada up again. Okada hits low with a shoulder, then throws forearms. Okada runs but into Sanada’s elbow! Sanada moonsaults but Okada dodges to hit a running uppercut! Both men are down but fans continue to cheer. Okada sits up first, and he runs at Sanada to rally with forearms and elbows! He whips but Sanada reverses. Okada dodges but so does Sanada, but then back to Okada and he runs Sanada over with an elbow! Fans fire up with Okada and whips Sanada corner to corner. Okada hits a back elbow to DDT! Cover, TWO! The champion is still in control while we go to break.
NJPW returns and Okada aims at Sanada on the outside. Okada slingshots but Sanada trips him up. Sanada whips Okada but Okada reverses to send Sanada into barriers! Then he boots him over! Okada fires the fans up as he gets space. He runs back to FLY and crossbody Sanada into more barriers! Both men are down and Red Shoes checks on them both. Okada clutches his leg again, that leap was double-edged. A 20-count begins and passes 10 before Okada stands. Okada drags Sanada up but brings him to ringside at 17! He gets Sanada in at 18 and fans cheer that he wants to end this in the ring. Okada still clutches that leg but manages to stand.
Okada drags Sanada up again to scoop slam him down. He goes to a corner and climbs up, but has to leap over Sanada. He uppercuts Sanada then runs, but Sanada hurdles and dropkicks Okada out of the ring! Now Sanada slingshots and wipes Okada out! Fans fire up as Sanada walks off the pascado. Sanada takes a lap around the ring while Okada is still down. Sanada returns as the 20-count begins again. He lets it reach 10 before bringing Okada up. He puts Okada in at 14 and covers, TWO! Sanada keeps his cool and brings Okada back up. Okada blocks the back suplex and elbows Sanada off. Okada runs but Sanada reels him in. Sanada suplexes but Okada lands on his feet. Okada swings but into the dragon sleeper! But he arm-drags out to flapjack Sanada down!
Both men are down, catching their breath and clutching their legs. Fans rally up and Okada forces himself to stand. Sanada follows but Okada boots him. It doesn’t have as much power, so Sanada boots. Okada blocks it and throws uppercuts to then go for a lift. Sanada fights out, but Okada blocks the boot. Sanada blocks Okada’s boot to give him a forearm. Okada staggers into a boot, then a rolling sabat! Sanada whips but Okada reverses, only for Sanada to fake out the dropkick! Sanada fireman’s carry but Okada slips out. They trade standing switches and Okada German Suplexes, but Sanada lands on his feet! Sanada whips but Okada reverses again, but Sanada tumbles and springboards to missile dropkick Okada down! Fans fire up again as the tide looks to be turning.
Okada gets to a corner and fans duel again. Sanada runs in but is popped up to the Air Raid Crash neckbreaker! Okada catches his breath but he crawls over to Sanada. He positions Sanada before climbing up top again. Okada leaps, Macho Elbow hits! But he’s not done there, Okada hits the Rainmaker pose! Okada drags Sanada up and wristlocks, but Sanada drops down to roll Okada! TWO, and Okada has a cover! TWO and Sanada has it back, TWO! Okada sunset flips, TWO! Sanada sits on Okada, TWO! Okada again, ONE, Sanada jackknifes! TWO, Sanada drop toeholds Okada to a leg nelson, Japanese Clutch, TWO!! Okada has Sanada in a cobra clutch! Sanada endures and flails while fans rally again.
Sanada sits up and Okada drags him up, to wring him out! But Sanada dropkicks the clothesline away! Sanada drags Okada up to whip but Okada reverses to hit his dropkick now! Okada drags Sanada back up, gut wrench but Sanada wriggles to the dragon sleeper! Sanada drops back but Okada rolls through to gut wrench! Tombstone piledriver! But Okada isn’t done, because he still needs his namesake. He wrings Sanada out but Sanada spins to Salida, into the dragon sleeper! Okada endures and maybe even fades under the first part of Skull End! But Okada fights back up and scoops, only for Sanada to counter lift to Anarchy Suplex! Just like Evil earlier, Sanada gets a Magic Killer style move!
Fans duel again as Okada and Sanada sit up. They might even be turning towards Sanada more. Sanada drags Okada up, double chicken wing to the Tiger Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO!! Okada escapes but barely! Sanada keeps on him, scoop and backbreaker. He goes to a corner and climbs up, Moonsault! But he lands on his feet as Okada evades! Sanada staggers back, one of his knees buckling. He still runs at Okada, only to get a boot. Sanada tries again, but into another boot. Okada runs out but Sanada dodges the shotgun. Sanada spins but int a spinning Rainmaker! Okada roars as he drags Sanada back up, wristlock but Sanada full nelsons to another Salida! Okada blocks this one, so Sanada uses the buckles for the climb! He has the Skull End dragon sleeper again!
Okada endures but Sanada takes him for a swing! Then drops down for the body scissors! Skull End in full, but Okada refuses to quit! Red Shoes checks as Okada fades, but Okada revives. Okada flails with his arms then pops out! Sanada keeps the body scissors to get the sleeper with the other arm! He cranks back hard as fans duel and rally. Okada endures and flails again, not fading out. Red Shoes watches Okada like a hawk, but Okada pops out again. Sanada fights to get the head again but Okada crawls for ropes. Okada reaches, but Sanada wrangles him away with a wristlock! Skull End returns a third time, but Okada still flails. Red Shoes checks, his arm drops once. It drops again. Sanada gives up the hold to drag him over?! MOONSAULT to the back! And then again, to knees!!
Both Sanada and Okada are down again! Fans are thunderous again as they duel and rally. Sanada and Okada are exhausted but still push themselves back up. They head for each other, and grind forehead to forehead. Okada throws an elbow, but Sanada returns it. Okada gives Sanada another, but again Sanada gives it back. Another forearm from Okada, and another forearm from Sanada as they stand. Okada, Sanada, repeat. They pick up speed, but Okada dazes Sanada. Okada keeps hitting him, but Sanada refuses to fall. Okada hits Sanada a third time, but Sanada gives him an uppercut! Sanada shakes the sweat from his hair as fan return to a fever pitch. He drags Okada up for another heavy uppercut! Okada falls to his knees, but Sanada brings him back up.
Sanada throws another but Okada backslides! Sanada rolls of and dodges the rainmaker! He waistlocks but Okada bucks him off. Okada runs to shotgun dropkick Sanada down! Okada watches Sanada in the corner, then runs in, only to get elbows! Sanada springboard moonsaults to a dragon sleeper! But Okada uses the buckles to turn it around! Okada has the dragon sleeper, then gut wrenches! But Sanada wiggles to battle over the gut wrench! He gets Okada up, but Okada wiggles and flails! Okada manages to get the gut wrench back! But Sanada slips up and around to a waistlock. Okada tries but can’t buck Sanada off, and Sanada gets the dragon sleeper!
Okada endures again but flips over as Sanada drops back. He drags Sanada up but Sanada dodges! Sanada wrings Okada out but Okada still tries! Sanada ducks that clothesline, to wring Okada out and steal the Rainmaker! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives his own move! Sanada finally shows frustration, but then he vows to end it. He drags Okada back up, cravat to Salida, but Okada slips out. Okada spins but Sanada blocks to then spin for a roaring elbow! Cravat, Sliced Bread, but into a SPINNING TOMBSTONE! And the TRUE Rainmaker!! Cover, Okada wins!!
Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall; still IWGP Heavyweight Champion
The first defense of this fifth reign and The Rainmaker is STILL the top champion in NJPW! Okada goes 6-0 against Sanada all-time, but it gets tougher and tougher each time! Will we get to see lucky number 7 in the future? Will Sanada finally break through? Or is Okada just on too high a level?
Okada offers a hand to Sanada to help him up. Sanada declines, helping himself up. However, Sanada does take the hand in a small handshake, to then give a fist bump. It sounds like there will be a seventh round one day, we can only wait and see.
NJPW skips to after Okada is again wearing his IWGP Heavyweight Championship belt, to when Okada takes up the mic. “Sanada-san! At the signing ceremony, you honored me by calling me your rival.” That made Okada very happy. So in front of Hakata, he wants to say something to Sanada: he is Okada’s rival, too! Their story has just begun! “But I’m not gonna lose.”
Okada addresses the fans again as he notes “We have changed over from the Heisei Era to Reiwa.” What do the NJPW fans think? Hard to tell. But Okada wonders who will entertain the pro-wrestling world in this Reiwa Era. Okada promises he’ll bring the excitement. He vows to be the star of the new era for the true fans! He’ll bring the heat! “As the 69th IWGP Heavyweight Champion, I will keep the new era exciting.” As long as he’s NJPW’s top champion, he’ll- Wait, the lights go out! A video plays. Is that… CHRIS JERICHO!? The dark clown that Y2J has become says “I’m the Painmaker! And on June 9th at Dominion in Osaka, I will challenge for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship! And I’m gonna win.” Jericho shouts he’ll win, but then hushes himself. Y2J is returning to NJPW and aiming for the top!!
Okada just tells Jericho, “Bring it on, you bastard!” Because Okada vows HE will win! Okada will win and return as champion, to again make it rain! Will Okada continue to be the best in NJPW by beating the Best in the World at What He Does? Or will Jericho completely turn NJPW upside-down at Dominion?
One hour of NJPW on AXS alone is great, so two hours is amazing! Especially when they know how to properly book surprises. I didn’t think Taichi would win the NEVER Openweight Championship off of Jeff Cobb in a mostly clean way. Sure he had Miho be his distraction and his shield, but the Suzuki-Gun antics weren’t even deciding factors this time. Well, an argument can be made that they amounted to something, especially the low blow. But for the most part, Taichi managed to just keep on Cobb until Cobb couldn’t get up. At the same time, Cobb being a dual ROH and NJPW champion wasn’t going to last forever, so it was a good move to make it someone mostly unexpected. Now Taichi VS Ishii will be a good first defense for Taichi, I’m just not sure Taichi survives.
For that matter, Ishii VS Evil was insane. It really was just a demolition derby slug fest type fight, and that’s exactly what it should’ve been. Ishii wins not just because he’ll challenge Taichi but because that was the story of him and Evil. Evil got him last time with the Sharpshooter, and that was a great part of the match’s story, but for that reason, Ishii survives the hold and puts Evil away with a standing finisher. And with another G1 Climax on the horizon, Evil can snap back in the NJPW Heavyweight ranks with an impressive showing. I’m honestly surprised Tanahashi is making another comeback, but NJPW without him would also seem odd. White obviously wants to finish Tanahashi for good, that’s another good story going into G1 Climax 29.
NJPW is also building stars properly. Sanada’s history with Okada has been building over the last three years, and it clearly works in getting fans behind Sanada as we heard from the Fukuoka fans. Okada VS Sanada VI, the longest and best match so far of their series, and I really do look forward to a seventh. If anything, the day Sanada beats Okada is the day Sanada reaches that heavyweight/world championship level. He will be the face of NJPW one day, but not until Okada stops. Okada has been such a strong force in NJPW and with that heavyweight championship, he’s almost the NJPW John Cena or Randy Orton. If it weren’t for his matches always being great, I’d say he should move on. If anything, he should still think about going after a different title once this fifth reign ends.
Jericho returning to NJPW is also great, Okada VS Y2J at Dominion will be great, but I don’t think Jericho is the one to end this fifth reign, and certainly not at this point. Beating Jericho will help build Okada’s fifth reign up, and perhaps solidify Okada’s legacy.
My Score: 9.1/10
Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (5/11/19)
It’s Speed VS Strength in the main event!
ROH Wrestling Television, Episode 399
Battle lines have been drawn in ROH! LifeBlood’s Bandido takes on the Notorious Hitman, who takes a big win on War of the Worlds Weekend?
- Triple Threat Tag Team Match: Shinobi Shadow Squad VS Coast to Coast VS The Bouncers; The Bouncers win.
- Flex Simmons VS Josh Woods; Woods wins.
- Bandido VS Shane Taylor; Bandido wins.
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Triple Threat Tag Team Match: Shinobi Shadow Squad VS Coast to Coast VS The Bouncers!
Ryan Nova & Cheeseburger have Eli Isom in their corner, but they’re up against the salty Shaheem Ali & Leon St. Giovanni and the massive Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas! Triple S got a Six Man Tag victory over C2C and Colin Delaney on the Road to G1 Supercard, but can they pull off another shocker against even bigger and badder competition? As for C2C and The Bouncers, they lost together at this year’s Masters of the Craft, but Ali & LSG refused to share a #ToastofHonor in commiseration. Will that chip on C2C’s shoulder go away or only grow bigger tonight?
The Bouncers keep the Code of Honor with the Shinobi but C2C refuse to shake hands with anyone. Fans cheer “Beer! Beer!” for BCB and Milonas while they let Nova start with LSG. LSG and Nova tie up, and LSG gets the wristlock. Nova rolls and reverses, but LSG handsprings and reverses back. LSG waistlocks and slams Nova hard, then headlocks. Nova powers out and things speed up, LSG waistlocks Nova again but Nova bucks him off. Things keep moving and Nova counters a backslide with an arm-drag. LSG runs back in and waistlocks, but Nova slips out of the back suplex. Nova boots LSG away from the corner, then somersaults to neckbreaker! Nova knips up and fans fire up as he tags in Burger. Whip to atomic drop to sweep, then they split the wish bone to double kick LSG down!
Fans fire up with Triple S but Ali runs in. Ali misses Burger and Nova to hit the Bouncers! Ail runs into a double hip toss! Nova and Burger high-ten, but then the Bouncers come in to sandwich them! Bruiser whips Nova while “Brawler” whips Burger, and then they trade partners to squash them in the corners. And then they go corner to corner to squash the other! The Bouncers see Ali and LSG and squash them! And then the other way! Milonas feeds Ali to BCB to bite! LSG runs in but he gets bit, too! And Burger! And Nova! But remember, he ain’t got no teeth! The Bounces high-five and say bottom’s up, but C2C boot them both! And again!
The Bouncers tumble out and C2C give the shinobis CHOPS! C2C whip Nova and Burger at each other, but Burger and Nova do-si-do to dropkick C2C! The shinobi slingshot but are caught! The Bouncers sandwich them again, but then C2C wreck them all with dropkicks! They keep moving, Ali FLIES! Ali bowls everyone over, then drags Burger in while we go to break.
ROH returns as Ali slingshot sentons onto Burger. Cover, TWO! Ali is just annoyed as he tags in LSG. Fans rally up for Burger but Ali holds him in place for LSG’s shoulder tackle. Ali adds an enziguri, then feeds Burger to LSG’s butterfly suplex! Cover, TWO! LSG drags Burger back up for an armlock and chinbar. Fans rally behind Burger and Burger fights back. Ali tags in and C2C mugs Burger. Ali gives Burger a big European uppercut, then covers, TWO! Burger fights back with big CHOPS! Fans fire up but Ali brings Burger away to then hit Nova! Burger dodges and dodges, and tags in Milonas! Ali waistlocks but Milonas breaks free with a big butt bump! Milonas rallies and drops the seated senton! Cover, but LSG breaks it!
Bruiser goes after LSG then whips, Samoan Drop! Back senton from Milonas! BCB whips Ali into Milonas’ scrapbuster slam! Cover, but Nova breaks it! BCB shoves Nova all the way out, but LSG shoulders in. LSG slingshots to hit Milonas then springboards to hit BCB! C2C regroups to go after Milonas. LSG climbs while Ali scoops Milonas. Milonas is too heavy, he falls onto Ali! BCB uppercuts LSG then tosses him onto Ali! The Bouncers grab LSG and toss him out. Ali rolls and Nova tags in! Nova leaps at Bruiser for the flying Complete Shot! Nova fires forearms on Milonas! Milonas grabs him and scoops him, but Burger saves him. Double SUPERKICKS! They focus their chakra, buzzsaw mule kick combo!
BCB runs over Nova but Burger dodges to FLY onto C2C! Fans fire up but Burger runs into an uppercut from BCB! Nova knees Bruiser but runs into Brawler’s boot! CLOSING TIME! Cover, The Bouncers win!
Winners: The Bouncers, Brian Milonas pinning
The Shinobi Shadow Squad doesn’t have to go home, but they can’t stay here. But they also argue with Coast 2 Coast, who are sore losers all over again. As for Bruiser and Milonas, they celebrate with the #ToastofHonor! Will they soon be toasting with a shot at the ROH tag titles?
ROH has a huge night set for Episode 400!
Matt Taven is finally the ROH World Champion, because he earned it. He won a Triple Threat Ladder match at G1 Supercard in Madison Square Garden, also becoming a Grand Slam Champion. But when it comes to having a shot at his title, Taven tells the entire locker room that they’ll have to earn it. Cue Flip Gordon! The Captain of Flip Army reminded Matt Taven that he earned his shot in the Sea of Honor tournament. And with his knee at 100%, Flip finally gets his shot as the new #1 contender! Who ends the milestone episode of ROH having earned the world championship?
But not only that, the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships will be on the line! Villain Enterprises will defend their titles against a star-studded though makeshift team of Jay Lethal, Jeff Cobb and Rush! Will Marty Scurll, Brody King & PCO keep hold of the gold against the Franchise, the Hawaiian Hulk and El Toro Blanco?
ROH looks back at the G1 Supercard Honor Rumble!
Kenny King CHOSE to be number one in this massive match, that featured huge stars across ROH and NJPW, such as Minoru Suzuki, Jushin Thunder Liger and even THE GREAT MUTA! It looked to be down to just the two masked legends, Muta and Liger, but Kenny wasn’t actually eliminated! He threw both legends out in one fell sweep and won his shot at the ROH World Championship, but he would get some karma in the way of Muta’s mist!
Kenny King is here!
The Honor Rumble winner is apparently still blinded? He has a walking stick and assistance walking out from ROH timekeeper, Amy Rose. Fans chant “Thank You, Muta!” as King struggles to get a mic. “I should be…” Wait, face camera. “I should be the happiest dude alive right now.” But he’s not and why is that? You see, King is the only man in professional wrestling who does exactly what he says he will. He told everyone that he’d start at number one and “molly whop all them other chops” to become the first man to win the Honor Rumble from number one. King is now #1 Contender, but he shall now be known as Kenny Shawn Michaels King.
And that’s not even the best part! We were all treated to something special at G1 Supecard! Two men stood, Jushin Thunder Liger and the Great Muta, and tension was palpable. No one knew what was going to happen, until King slid in the ring to throw their “700 year old Japanese wrinkly asses” out to win the Honor Rumble! They say never meet your heroes. King did, he wanted to shake hands with Muta, and Muta spit the red mist in his face! Fans think it’s funny? It’s awful! It smelled like laundry detergent and Popeye’s Chicken, and it burned Kenny’s face and eyes! Now King needs emergency eye surgery, so that’s why he won’t be wrestling tonight. But that brings him to Matt Taven. King wants to tell us something we might not know about Taven. “Matt Taven is my homie.”
The two kings are friendly with each other. Kenny was proud of Taven at G1. One day they’ll have to discuss the terms of Taven’s surrender, but until then, he wants Taven to fight. Taven is not King’s target. He is not the man who upsets King. Who here thinks Jay Lethal is great? Kenny doesn’t. Lethal’s not tough, and the only time he’s savage is when he’s cosplaying Randy. So to Jay Lethal, when King gets through his surgery to see again, both eyes will be on Lethal. Because then Kenny will prove he’s the K I N G, and he’ll make Lethal #BendTheKnee. Amy helps King get his walking stick and exit the ring carefully. Will King see clearly and get his hands on Lethal? Or will Lethal make him see all of that trash talk wasn’t worth a thing?
Flip Gordon speaks on his leg injury.
It was at ROH Honor Reigns Supreme, in a match with Hot Sauce Tracy Williams. All seemed same as always, but as Flip dropkick’d Tracy in the corner, his knee gave out. Flip feared the worst, and wanted to finish the match, but his springboard spear only made it worse. He could only take another step, so he had to call it there. Flip feared the worst, but the MRI gave him a time frame. What did he have to do to beat this? Physical therapy. Flip stuck to the schedule, and trusted his doctors. Now his knee is ready, and he is ready! The other ROH World Championship contenders fell to Lethal, but then Taven rose up to win. Now Flip’s turn comes as episode 400 arrives! Will Flip’s return be one of the greatest in ROH history?
Flex Simmons VS Josh Woods!
An ROH dojo graduate makes his television premiere as he flexes his… fairly good physique. But he’s up against The Goods, Mr. Top Prospect 2017, who returns after returning to his roots. Now Woods is #DownToFight, will he end Flex’s television career before it begins?
The Code of Honor is upheld, and the bell rings. Woods SPEARS Flex! Flex staggers up into a waistlock slam! Woods grimaces as he drags Flex up for an exploder suplex! Flex can only flounder around into a fireman’s carry, Seismic Toss slam! Cover, Woods wins!
Winner: Josh Woods, by pinfall
Woods returns more focused and more aggressive, and doesn’t care to shake hands with Flex again. He wants his money and the next fight, who will be #DownToFight The Goods?
ROH interviewer Quinn McKay interviews Josh Woods.
The 2017 Top Prospect Tournament winner, the NCWA National Champion, and multi-time All American wrestler is also captain of the US MMA team, and is back in ROH with an impressive showing. But he’s been gone for some time. What’s he been up to? It isn’t about what he was up to, but about what he just did and has done his entire career. Woods has always been #DownToFight. Will he finally fight his way to an ROH championship?
Bandido VS Shane Taylor!
Though they have beef with Bully Ray over the attack on Tenille Dashwood, LifeBlood’s luchador will take on the Notorious Hitman who has been known to pall around with the Hall of Famer. Will Bandido’s speed or Taylor’s strength win out in this first-time-ever face-off?
Bandido wants to uphold the Code of Honor, but Taylor spits on Bandido’s hand! The bell rings and Bandido fires off with kicks. Bandido runs and slides but Taylor catches him. Taylor whips but Bandido counters to throw forearms. But Taylor stays up! Taylor grabs Bandido but Bandido slips out of the choke slam. Taylor elbows Bandido away, but Bandido elbows back. SUPERKICK! Fans fire up as Bandido whips, but Taylor blocks. Taylor whips but Bandido dodges and kicks, but Taylor blocks again. Taylor flips Bandido but Bandido lands on his feet to sunset flip! Bandido can’t get Taylor down, but he gets out of the way as Taylor sits down!
Bandido keeps moving to basement dropkick Taylor out! Fans fire up as Bandido builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit sends Taylor into the barriers! Bandido keeps moving, and FLIES! He wipes Taylor out again, and celebrates with fans while we go to break.
ROH returns once again, and Bandido gets Taylor back in. Bandido stands Taylor up to chop, but Taylor shrugs it off. Bandido tries again, but then Taylor CHOPS Bandido to a corner! Taylor trash talks Bandido but Bandido CHOPS back! Bandido eggs Taylor on so Taylor CHOPS Bandido off his feet. Taylor drags Bandido up but Bandido fires forearms back! Bandido tries to fireman’s carry but Taylor fights him off. Taylor swings but Bandido ducks, only to get caught in a choke slam! Taylor mocks the fans as they cheer for Bandido. Bandido gets to a corner again but Taylor is on him with big knees. Taylor throws a big right and Bandido goes down! Taylor taunts Bandido more as he drags him back up. He tosses Bandido across the ring! Bandido stirs but Taylor trash talks the fans.
Taylor stalks Bandido as fans rally up. Taylor stands Bandido up again, to throw him by his hair! Bandido hits hard and flounders to ropes. Taylor drags Bandido up again and whips him corner to corner. He runs in and clotheslines Bandido down! Fans boo Taylor but he just stands on Bandido’s head! Taylor lets up at 4, but comes back to drag Bandido back up. Taylor talks trash the entire time but Bandido revives to throw forearms! Bandido dodges one clothesline but gets the other! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up again as Taylor sits Bandido up to elbow away! Taylor covers, TWO! Taylor drags Bandido back up and slaps him around. He whips Bandido corner to corner but runs into a boot!
Bandido boots and enziguris, then hops up top. He leaps, into the One Hitter Quitter! Cover, TWO!? Bandido survives Taylor’s right hand! Fans rally up and Bandido has new life, but Taylor is right on him again. Bandido fires forearms then fireman’s carries again. Taylor is still too much but Bandido elbows him back. Bandido boots but gets blocked, Taylor rolls Bandido for a big knee to the face! Cover, TWO!! Bandido still lives while we go to one last break!
ROH returns once more, and Taylor still slaps and toys with Bandido. Bandido blocks the slaps to fire off slaps of his own! Taylor SLAPS Bandido, but Bandido still comes back with more! Taylor CHOPS, but Bandido fires off kicks and knees! Bandido runs, but into a clothesline! But he’s right back up!? Taylor is shocked, but Bandido fires off slaps and kicks. Bandido knees and SUPERKICKS! Taylor staggers, but still gets Bandido with another choke slam! Both men are down but fans fire up! A standing count begins as fans rally. The count passes 5 before Taylor sits up. Bandido stirs but Taylor stands. Taylor brings Bandido up for big haymakers, but Bandido returns with forearms. They go back and forth, with fans on Bandido’s side.
Bandido gets an edge then spins, into a headbutt! Hammerlock rip cord, End of Days! Cover, TWO!! Taylor is frustrated he couldn’t finish Bandido off! Bandido stands and boots Taylor away. Then he swing kicks from the apron, only to slingshot into the One Hitter! Taylor slingshots Bandido in, London Tower! Cover, TWO!?! Bandido is superhuman! Fans keep cheering Bandido on and he revives again. Taylor shakes his head as he CHOPS Bandido in a corner. And CHOPS again, and again! Bandido flops over and Taylor vows to end this. Taylor drags Bandido up, whips him corner to corner, but Bandido boots him away. Bandido uppercuts then springboard tornillo crossbody! Bandido takes aim, and fireman’s carry! GTS, BANG to 21 Plex!! Cover, Bandido wins!!
Winner: Bandido, by pinfall
The luchador triumphs over the titanic Hitman! But wait, here comes Bully Ray! Bandido sees him coming, and has LifeBlood’s Tracy and Mark Haskins with him! Bully wants a time-out, he wasn’t expecting to be the one outnumbered. But wait, who are these attacking LifeBlood?! The Soldiers of Savagery, Moses Maddox and Jasper Kaun, are the newest recruits to ROH and they’re already making an impact! They stomp out Bandido, Tracy and Haskins, then slam Haskins down for a Vader Bomb! They lift Bandido for a gutbuster drop! And they go after Hot Sauce with a feed to a SPEAR! Then an elevated DDT! Even Bully seems confused. SOS did this without any help from Taylor or Bully, or without an invitation. But will they be Bully’s new back-up against LifeBlood?
A really great episode to act as a go-home to episode 400. We get a pretty great Triple Threat Tag to open the night. It’s an interesting development for C2C to take a slow transition into Heel with this salty new attitude of theirs, but that might be the spark they need to take that next step up in the ROH tag division. The Bouncers continue their own rise up, perhaps they’ll finally get their own shot now that we’ll be past War of the Worlds. Bruiser & Milonas against Guerrillas of Destiny would be a pretty fun match, though obviously another match GoD would retain the titles in.
Kenny King playing up being blinded was pretty hilarious here tonight. And even without that, he gave us a great promo overall, though obviously while he’s waiting his turn at the world title, he’s going after Lethal. Lethal VS King all over again should make for a good match or two, and I’m pretty sure King wins to go right at the world champion, whoever that is. We got a good video package and promo from Flip, but I’m not sure if he wins that title off Taven, even on a milestone episode. Regardless of it being his return, Woods was obviously going to win against Flex Simmons tonight. In fact, anyone going against Flex Simmons tonight was going to win because Flex was obviously the generic jobber.
Woods being back, I wonder if he’ll get a better push than he did before. I don’t think he can take the ROH World Television Championship off Jeff Cobb, but I hope we can get a great match out of them. And I’m sure we’ll get a great Six Man out of Lethal, Cobb and Rush VS Villain Enterprises. But such a random team is not beating an established trio like Villain Enterprises. I don’t think Scurll and his team lose the titles until a rematch with The Kingdom. Bandido VS Taylor was amazing, worthy of leading to title contention. It was great story for Bandido to win, both in the match and overall.
It was a great bait and switch for Bully to be the one surrounded, but then to swerve back and debut a new duo. I suppose Bully would need new allies with The Briscoes likely reserved for a rematch with GoD. I’d expect at least a Six Man Tag, Bully & SoS VS LifeBlood, but you could throw in Taylor on Bully’s side and get Juice Robinson involved for an Eight Man Tag. Either way, this looks to be building to the LifeBlood VS Bully and crew story I was hoping for.
My Score: 8.3/10
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