It’s the last Raw before Extreme Rules! With the Monster Among Men torturing Kevin Owens week after week, will the Prizefighter even make it to this Sunday?
- Alexa Bliss & Mickie James VS Nia Jax & Natalya; Nia & Natalya win.
- Mojo Rawley VS No Way Jose; Rawley wins.
- WOKEN Hardy w/ Bray Wyatt VS Bo Dallas w/ Curt Axel; Dallas wins.
- Ember Moon VS Liv Morgan w/ Sarah Logan; Ember wins.
- Baron Corbin & Elias VS Finn Balor & Bobby Roode; Corbin & Elias win.
- Seth Rollins VS Drew McIntyre w/ Dolph Ziggler; McIntyre wins.
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The Big Dog wants to be Universal Champion.
He feels he should be, even though he isn’t. “Yet.” Roman Reigns will never lose faith in his ability, because this is his Yard. But Bobby Lashley disagrees. Roman doesn’t have what it takes, compared to the “Dominator”. He needs to move on. Like Lashley did 10 years ago? The main event player “moved on” to be a big star in MMA. Lashley won’t let his past be downplayed. Lashley has the legit tools, and wants to prove it against Roman most of all. They’re set for a match at Extreme Rules this Sunday, who will grab bragging rights and the right to call themselves “The Guy… who can beat Brock Lesnar”?
Roman Reigns walks the halls.
And he encounters Lashley. Lashley stands in Roman’s way, but Roman says Lashley better get out of the way. Lashley suggests Roman calm down. He was waiting all day to be called out. Because if Roman does, Lashley won’t go out there to talk, but to tear Roman apart. Lashley steps aside for Roman, this time.
Roman heads to the ring.
Boston is Raw, and is Roman’s Yard as the show opens. Roman hears the fans both boo and cheer, then speaks. “After this week, there’s a whole lot I could come out here and talk about,” but that was the first time he was ever dared to call someone out. He’s curious about what “Bob” can do, so he does call Lashley out! Lashley gets what he wants, but will he give what he promised? Lashley heads to the ring, laser focused on Roman and the ring. Roman stares back all the same, but Kurt Angle appears to stop this. Baron Corbin is in tow as Angle tells Roman and Lashley to “save it for this Sunday.” They don’t! It’s a fast and furious brawl!
Angle and Corbin shout for reinforcements, and the Raw locker room floods the ring! They work to keep Roman and Lashley apart, but Roman breaks his way out. Lashley does, too, and they collide again! The others continue to push the two apart, but fans want the fight to continue. Lashley breaks free and throws more hands on Roman! Roman goes down and slides out of the ring, but the other superstars work to keep him and Lashley apart. Finn Balor gets a shot on his new nemesis in the Lone Constable, but that’s a different story. More superstars come out to reinforce the reinforcements, but that’s not enough! Lashley gets loose and gets at Roman! Fans love this, even as the two are separated again. But then both men get loose, only for Lashley to lariat Roman down! Lashley ground ‘n’ pounds, but he’s pried off Roman.
The other superstars do anything and everything they can to back Lashley down while checkign on Roman. Lashley gets loose yet again, and he still wants at Roman. Roman still wants at Lashley, too, even after getting run over. They end up back in the ring, but the other superstars manage to get Lashley around to the ramp side. But Roman revives, builds speed, and FLIES! He bowls over everyone! The Big Dog wants more, but with Lashley down, the fight settles down. Lashley gets up, and Roman returns! The other superstars again pry them apart, even as Roman and Lashley swing on each other. They will have it out in the ring this Sunday, will either man survive to call themselves “The Guy”?
Alexa Bliss and Mickie James see that chaos.
That was crazy! But that will be nothing compared to what these two besties will bring on Nia Jax & Natalya later on. Of course, they forget Nia and Alexa will have an Extreme Rules match this Sunday. Or, is that exactly their point? What are they scheming?
Alexa Bliss & Mickie James VS Nia Jax & Natalya!
The Goddess and 6-time Women’s Champion best friend go up against a pair of good friends in the Irresistible Force and Queen of Harts. With an extreme Raw Women’s Championship match this Sunday, can these two mean girls soften up the former champion before their rematch?
The bell rings, and Nia starts with Alexa. Alexa looks ready to go, but then tags to Mickie. Mickie enters and circles with Nia. They tie up and Nia shoves Mickie to her corner. Nia then carries Mickie and tags in Natty, for a shout-out to the Hart Special! Natty wants a sharpshooter, but Mickie scrambles away. Tag to Alexa, but Alexa just runs into the discus lariat! Natty wants the sharpshooter again, but Alexa scrambles away. Alexa and Mickie regroup on the outside, but Natty wrecks them with a dropkick! Natty drags Alexa up to throw into barriers, then runs Mickie over! She puts Alexa back in, but Alexa rolls back out. Natty waits for Alexa to return while we go to break.
Raw returns and Mickie stalks Natty. Mickie bounces Natty’s head off the mat a couple times, then brings her over. Mickie mudhole stomps, then tag to Alexa. Alexa taunts Nia, then is whipped into the corner for a SLAP to Natty! She grinds her foot into Natty’s throat, but fans rally up for Natty. Alexa snapmares Natty into a chinlock, but Natty endures while we go picture in picture. Natty endures while fans rally. She reaches for Nia, but first stands up. Natty snapmares out but Alexa runs her over. Cover, TWO, so Alexa throws fast hands. Cover, TWO, and Alexa grows frustrated. Alexa brings Natty over for a buckle bump, then tag to Mickie. Mickie whips Alexa in again, but Natty back elbows out! Natty dodges Mickie, then crawls for Nia! Hot tag to Nia, and she rallies on both Mickie & Alex!
Nia rams her shoulder into Mickie, then tosses her across the way for a big corner splash. She keeps going, whips but Mickie kicks her away. Mickie runs into a headbutt, then the body attack! Nia lifts Mickie up, trophy lift to drop! Then she runs for the leg drop! Nia & Natty win!
Winners: Nia Jax & Natalya
But Alexa brings out a kendo stick to SMACK Nia! And SMACK Natty! Then SMACK for Nia again! Alexa grins as she smacks away on Nia’s back. But then Nia snatches the stick away and swings it at Alexa! Alexa runs away, but Nia breaks the stick. Mickie and Alexa regroup to retreat together as Nia comes storming up the ramp. Alexa angered the wrong woman ahead of the wrong stipulation. Will Nia finally destroy Alexa to end their championship feud?
Backstage interview with Nia Jax.
After both physical and emotional bullying, it’s clear Alexa will try anything to wear Nia down. But Nia is unbreakable, unlike Alexa. Nia’s gonna snap Alexa in half, because anything goes. Nia hasn’t forgotten everything Alexa has said and done, and it will be paid back “inch by crushing inch” as she takes back that Raw Women’s Championship.
Raw ended badly last week, for Kevin Owens.
The Monster Among Men has run Kevin over every match they’ve been against each other in, and even flipped the Prizefighter’s rental car. But when Kevin was told he’d get a chance to get revenge on Braun Strowman in a match, that didn’t really sit well with him. Kevin gave up on the match to literally run and hide. But he made the mistake of hiding in a porta-potty. Strowman saw through that, and took Kevin on a ride he’ll never forget. Strowman brought the potty to the stage, and then shoved it off! Kevin felt–and likely smelled–like crap, but will it be worse this Sunday when they properly have a match?
Angle finds Kevin has arrived for work.
Despite this vendetta Angle has or the obsession Strowman has, Kevin does his job. Angle can fire him, but Kevin has connections. Or are those connections why Angle lets Strowman do what he wants? Kevin decided to be the bigger man tonight, because he has a doctor’s note that keeps him from competing tonight. But while he’s here, he’ll hang out where he’s most safe from Strowman: Angle’s office. So if Angle needs him, he’ll be right here, all night long.
Mojo Rawley VS No Way Jose!
The man with #KillerInstinct no longer has a choice. He will take this rematch against the Fighting Fiesta, whether he likes it or not. Will Mojo get the win he doesn’t even want?
The conga line smartly leaves so that Mojo can’t bully them anymore. The bell rings, and Mojo carries Jose to ropes. Mojo honors the break, but with a pie-face. Jose fires off forearms and a pie-face of his own. Mojo doesn’t like that, but he runs into a facelock. Jose keeps Mojo down, until Mojo powers up to throw Jose. Mojo whips Jose then runs perpendicular, for the POUNCE! Cover, TWO! Mojo tries again, ONE. He hammers away on Jose out of frustration, then looms over Jose. Mojo brings Jose up and puts him in a corner, but runs into an elbow. He still comes back for a shoulder tackle, then a gutwrench overhead suplex. Cover, TWO! Mojo keeps on Jose with a half nelson chinbar and brings Jose to the mat. He sits Jose up to throw him down and repeat, then puts the half nelson back on.
Fans rally and Jose feeds off the energy. Jose arm-drags out, then dodges Mojo to send him outside. Mojo jumps back in, and hits a corner splash! He keeps going for a big clothesline! Cover, TWO! Mojo keeps his focus as he returns to the half nelson. Fans rally up again, and Jose gets to ropes. Mojo honors the break, but then runs into an elbow. He comes back but gets a knee. Jose throws right hands then forearms and knees. Jose picks up speed, Mojo pushes him, but Jose comes back with a clothesline of his own! Cover, TWO! Both men get up, but Jose is on Mojo in the corner with punches. Mojo gets Jose in Alabama position, and hits the slam! Cover, Mojo wins!
Winner: Mojo Rawley, by pinfall
There is a load of intensity inside Mojo, having showed Jose he was right all along. Will Mojo keep going to find his way to a title in the near future?
Bayley & Sasha got a new therapist for their counseling.
Whether partners or opponents, they’ve always been friends. Bayley didn’t let anything come between them, but Sasha did. Bayley grew tired of it, and grows tired of Sasha only ever caring about Sasha. A rocky start to round two, will these two ever get back to a good place?
Jinder Mahal finds Seth Rollins backstage.
The Maharaja and Man of Peace wishes to give The Architect advice. Do not #BurnItDown but embrace life. Rollins will find peace, if he chants Mahal’s mantra. Rollins never thought about this, but maybe he’s burning himself away. Mahal, please help him. Take a deep breath and… “Shanti.” Rollins takes this moment to slip away. There is no room for peace in a 30-minute Ironman match like the one he’ll be in on Sunday. How will Rollins prepare himself for the Show-Off?
Seth Rollins heads to the ring!
The Architect has the fans all fired up and hears the standing ovation. “Boston always knows how to party, baby.” Over the years, Rollins has gotten some sweet nicknames. Mr. Money in the Bank, the Kingslayer, the Architect, the Man, but now, the only title that matters is “former Intercontinental Champion.” But good news: Rollins has an opportunity to change that. Extreme Rules pits him 1v1 against Dolph Ziggler for no less than 30 minutes, and the man with the most falls becomes The Ironman and Intercontinental Champion. Ziggler’s no walk in the park, between his speed and his savvy, but Rollins loves testing himself against the best. The problem is, Ziggler will have the overgrown Scotsman, Drew McIntyre.
But Rollins is still Seth Freakin Rollins, and when it comes to Dolph & Drew, none of that matters. But wait, here they are! Ziggler & McIntyre appear on the stage and look at Rollins in the ring. Ziggler thanks Rollins for those compliments, but don’t be fooled. He’s not just bringing speed, agility, good looks and his giant psychopath, he’s bringing the belt. Ziggler vows to walk out still champion, too. But it’s not all bad. At least Rollins will still have his other nicknames, “plus a painful, career-defining loss” where he caught a glimpse of the future. Don’t get them wrong, Rollins is still Seth Freakin Rollins, yes, “The Man”, one of the greatest to be in that ring. But he’s not Ziggler. When it comes to the Ironman match, Ziggler might even win in a sweep!
Rollins stops Ziggler, that bleach is getting to his hair. Is there a doctor in the house? Great jokes, Rollins, but you just lost that one shred of dignity. The belt got so much sweeter after being pried from Rollins’ hand. Ziggler has the reality check: you don’t win Ironman matches by doing crossfit; you win by racking up victories until the scoreboard is full. Ziggler’s not one to brag, but at Kent State, he wrapped up so many victories, he was the all-time. 121 wins! Wow, 121, congrats. Did McIntyre help in all those, too? What was his degree in? Very funny, Rollins, but it doesn’t matter where McIntyre’s been. It’s where he’s going! McIntyre is going where he belongs! Blah blah blah, we know where he’s going: wherever Dolph says. But why? Ziggler’s a pipsqueak, so why is he holding McIntyre’s leash?
Unless… Ziggler knows McIntyre’s secrets. This could be bad. Are there any photographs? It gets awful lonely in Scotland, right? There are a lot of sheep out there. McIntyre is riled up but Ziggler keeps him calm. Ziggler says they’ll leave Rollins in the dust and outside the arena begging for money! McIntyre still wants at Rollins, and challenges Rollins to prove how much of a man he is with a match, tonight! Rollins hears the fans chant “YES! YES!” Rollins accepts! But McIntyre better be careful, Rollins is a “ba-a-a-ad” man. McIntyre & Ziggler rush the ring but Rollins gets clear. Rollins has trolled McIntyre into a frenzy, will Rollins regret it by the end of the night?
The B Team prepares their parody.
WOKEN Axel is almost fooled by Bo Wyatt. The DELETION of the Interterrestial Being will be WONDERFUL~!
WOKEN Hardy w/ Bray Wyatt VS Bo Dallas w/ Curt Axel!
No less than 144 hours, it will be a DELIGHTFUL duel between the Deleters of Worlds, and the “undefeated” Best Team to prove who is truly worthy of calling themselves the Tag Team Champions of Monday Night Raw, ye-e-e-es. Axel has swept Hardy 2-0, will Bo make it a perfect three for three before Extreme Rules? Or will all momentum be DELETED in Boston?
Before the match, the the B-Leters speak on dethroning the Delusional~ ones to become the true tag team champions. They will devour the souls, with a side of rice and beans. Maybe even avocado, if it’s in season. It’ll be a buffet for sure. But the REAL Deleters are no longer amused. The time for fun and games is OVER! Laughter is contagious, but so is fear. These boys have been infected by it! At Extreme Rules, they will EAT and DELETE! But why wait for Sunday when they’re here now? Wyatt & Hardy magically appear behind their parodies, and The B Team RETREAT from the ring. Bo and Axel regroup and this match finally begins.
Hardy glares at Bo Wyatt, then tackles him into a corner. Hardy throws in shoulders and elbows, then haymakers and DELETE buckle bumps! The ref counts and Hardy stops when he’s done dribbling. The Revival watch this backstage, studying future opponents. Hardy gives a shoulder breaker to hammerlock, but Bo elbows out. Bo throws haymakers, but Hardy hits back. Hardy whips and back elbows Bo out of the ring. Hardy doesn’t leave him alone, he snap suplexes Bo to the mat! He’s back in control while we go to break.
Raw returns and Hardy elbows away on Bo’s neck. He stalks Bo to the ropes with stomps, then wrenches the neck with a cravat. Bo endures and fights back while we go picture in picture. Hardy clubs Bo down again, then drags him up against the ropes. Hardy backs off, hissing at the ref. Bo hits back but Haryd stops him with body shots. Hardy whips Bo, to then throw him into the ropes! Bo gets clothesline’d by the ropes, and is dazed on the outside. The ref checks on Bo, as does Axel. Hardy fetches Bo himself, to run him over with a shoulder! Hardy takes off his shirt to get serious as he whips Bo into barriers! Bo bowls for a major crash, and Bray watches with amusement.
Bo boots Hardy, but manages to escape what would’ve been a lethal Side Effect on the steps of steel. He runs away into the ring, but Hardy is on him, with a neckbreaker! Hardy drags Bo back up while Bray grins, for a Side Effect! This is not over just yet, as he calls for the Twist. Fans echo “DELETE! DELETE!” while Hardy drags Bo back up. They go out to the apron, but not for a Twist. Bo resists the suplex, and Axel distracts. Bray gets Axel with an ambush clothesline! But Bo drags Hardy up, draping neckbreaker!! Cover, Bo wins!!
Winner: Bo Dallas, by pinfall
The B Team continues to conquer the Deleters of Worlds! They celebrate, but the Deleters regroup and it’s a brawl! Yurinagi for Axel, Twist of Fate for Bo! Bray vows punishment for the upstart B Team. Will Bo & Axel suffer for their incessant imitations?
Backstage interview with Bobby Lashley.
Lashley made good on his promise, but what’s his mindset for Sunday? He has respect for every opponent of his, even Sami Zayn after all that mocking. But Lashley has no respect for Roman. He doesn’t like anything about Roman, but especially how Roman keeps bringing up Lashley’s past. “Enough already.” What Lashley does like is Roman’s fighting spirit. Roman will show up, and when he walks in to fight, he won’t walk out. “Believe that.” Lashley has strong words for the Big Dog, but will he back them up again like he did tonight?
Tyler Breeze sees The Riott Squad needs his help.
These girls are in a fashion emergency. He gives them spare Breezango shirts, but they reject them. They’re not about fashion, they’re about the riot! Sarah & Liv head out to make more trouble for Raw, will they make up for the loss last week?
Alexa Bliss speaks.
She thought being Raw Women’s Champion was great, but that sound of smacking Nia with a kendo stick was really good. She’ll save the rest for Sunday to make the “over-hyped rookie” watch it happen. Nia can say what she wants now, but after Sunday, everyone will have to call Alexa the “Extreme Raw Women’s Champion.”
Ember Moon VS Liv Morgan w/ Sarah Logan!
After the Prophecy of Moon Eclipsed the “juvenile” delinquent, the Ruby-less Riott Squad was fuming for revenge. Can Ms. 201 make up for her loss last week? Or will there be two Eclipses in a row on Raw?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, and Liv gets the waistlock. Ember standing switches then lifts, but Liv resists. Liv gets a headlock but Ember holds tight. Liv swings but Ember shoves her away. Ember runs, flips through the hip toss to then throw Liv. Ember just misses the superkick, but Liv scurries to a corner. Sarah helps Liv regroup and talk strategy. Ember reaches at Liv but Liv gets back tot he ropes. That doesn’t stop Ember, she yanks Liv off for a slam. Liv escapes the ring to regroup with Sarah again. Ember rushes out to scare the Squad apart. Liv is on the defensive while we go to break.
Raw returns and Liv has Ember in a full nelson. Ember slips out but Liv elbows away to then springboard bulldog! Cover, TWO! Liv keeps on Ember with a straitjacket hold, but fans rally for Ember. Ember stands up but Liv brings her back down. Liv thrashes Ember around, but Ember endures. Liv shouts for Ember to quit, but Ember gets up, only for Liv to become a backpack. Ember drops back to fall on Liv! The hold is broken while both women slowly stand. Liv is up first, then goes Matrix to dodge Ember! Liv throws Ember down by her hair, then catches her breath while clutching her back. She’s up again, but runs into headscissors that send her into buckles! Ember glares at Liv while Sarah coaches her teammate up.
Ember rallies with elbows and a sweep. She drives knees into Liv, then throws Liv with a Fall Away Slam! Springboard dropkick takes Sarah out, but Liv rolls Ember! Ember rolls through, stack and jackknife, Ember wins!
Winner: Ember Moon, by pinfall
That’s 2-0 for the War Goddess! The Squad is again furious, but without their leader, what are they to do? As for Ember, has she done enough to earn a future title match?
Backstage interview with Finn Balor.
The Extraordinary Man will face Corbin & Elias ahead of an Extreme Rules PPV match. Corbin questions Finn’s size, but the GLORIOUS Bobby Roode comes by. These two are cut from the same cloth: Good looks, great abs, great fashion. They will be unstoppable in that ring, because no one is better. They will be Absolutely… Glorious? No, no, how did Renee mess that one up? It’s “victorious”. Though, they will still be… GLORIOUS! Finn likes that. But what’s funny is that Corbin thinks he’s the brains of the operation when all he does is runs down Finn as being half as tough, half as strong and half is good. No, Finn will prove he’s twice as good. But Finn & Roode won’t just talk the night away, they’re going to speak with their actions in the ring.
Kevin is still in Angle’s office.
And Kevin sprays for the smell. The circulation is horrible. Well it didn’t smell before Kevin showed up. Maybe it’s leftover stink from that porta-potty. That aside, Ziggler & McIntyre enter. Angle wants to talk with them about the main event match. There is an added stipulation: If McIntyre loses, he’s banned from ringside at Extreme Rules. HE can’t do this! This is favoritism. That’s right, this is favoritism! McIntyre says it’s fine. Make Rollins’ life easier, because he won’t get past McIntyre tonight, anyway.
“Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.”
Boston is actually happy to see the Drifter, and hear him play. “Now it has been two weeks since I have performed.” That feels like a lifetime, but Elias does everything with reason. He is the living truth, and he’s been in the studio recording a debut album! Yes, it is happening thanks to one universal truth: WWE really stands for “WALK WITH ELIAS!” Boston, listen up, because he has something for them.
“Bobby & Finn, I’m the man you can’t beat. You both have the personality of a toilet seat. Then I came to Boston. I can’t stand this place.” Fans don’t like that. “When I hear your Boston accent, I want to punch your face.” Fans really don’t like that, and they tell Elias “You Suck!” But Elias is starting to sense they don’t appreciate Elias for what he is. His friend, Tom Brady, warned him about this. Just do what Tom does: pretend to like them. But Elias can’t. Fortunately someone does appreciate him, and Angle could learn a thing or two from Constable Baron Corbin!
Corbin wonders if Elias would give him a try. How about a little lullaby for Finn? Yes, that sounds good. What did he have in mind? Itsy-bitsy Spider? Sure. But if they’re gonna do this, hit the lights. The spotlight returns, and they begin. “Itsy-bitsy Balor climbed up to the top rope, but Corbin came up and crushed all his hope. He’ll meet his End of Days for the whole world to see. Itsy-Bitsy Balor can’t compare to me~~!” Thankfully, Balor & Roode make their entrances to end this cruddy concert.
Baron Corbin & Elias VS Finn Balor & Bobby Roode!
The Lone Constable, as appointed personally by Stephanie McMahon, teams up with The Drifter, who is no stranger to facing the Extraordinary and The GLORIOUS opponents in the ring with them tonight. Will Corbin get the apology he thinks he is owed? Or will he be proven wrong once again against men he literally looks down on?
Raw returns as Corbin throws forearms on Roode in a corner. Corbin taunts Roode, but Roode kicks back. Roode chops and chops, then brings Corbin over, but Corbin runs him over. Corbin tags Elias, but Elias runs into a drop toehold. Roode puts Elias in a headlock and grinds the Drifter on the mat. Elias fights his way up and out, but Roode shoulders him down. Things speed up, and Roode catches Elias in the atomic drop to Russian leg sweep. Cover, TWO, but Roode keeps Corbin away with a glare. Roode bumps Elias off buckles then chops him. Elias chops back so Roode kicks and chops Elias. Roode throws haymakers, but honors the ropebreak. He whips Elias corner to corner but Elias reverses. Roode goes up and over and catches Elias into the facelock.
Corbin comes in to distract, Elias gets a big knee strike! Tag to Corbin, and Corbin stomps Roode out. Corbin taunts Finn, then drives elbows into Roode. He puts on a half nelson while we go picture in picture. Roode endures and feeds off the fan rally. Roode stands and fights back, but Corbin wrangles him back down. Fans keep rallying while we return single picture. Roode feeds off the energy again, fights back, but Corbin knees low. Corbin puts Roode in a corner, then runs in. Roode dodges, but Corbin slides out then in. Finn warns Roode, and it’s double clotheslines that take both men down! Hot tags to Elias and Finn!
Finn rallies on Elias, whips but Eilas reverses, only to get more forearms. Finn hits Corbin for good measure, then gets the takedown and stomps on Elias! He chops Corbin, then cltoehslines Elias out. Elias flounders around, and Finn takes aim. But Corbin swipes the legs! And Elias returns to hit a knee on Finn! Elias stomps a mudhole and tags Corbin while we go to break.
Raw returns and Corbin has Finn in the half nelson. Roode recovers on the outside while Finn fights up and out. Corbin throws Finn to run him over with an elbow, cover, TWO. Corbin grows frustrated, so he tags out to Elias. Elias drops a knee on Finn, then wraps on a rough chinlock. Elias grinds Finn to the mat, but fans rally again. Finn sits up, but Elias keeps him away from Roode. Finn throws forearms, but Elias whips Finn to the corner. Elias runs into a boot, then is tossed outside! Finn crawls but Elias hurries in to tag Corbin. Corbin tackles Finn down, denying the tag. Corbin taunts both Finn and Roode, then brings Finn up. He whips Finn, but Finn comes back with a Slingblade! Hot tag to Roode!
Roode takes out Elias, then hits Corbin. He climbs up but jumps over Corbin to knock him down with a big running forearm. Corbin gets to a corner but gets a clothesline and a neckbreaker. Roode fires up, then climbs up top. Corbin is up, and he catches Roode’s flight, for the choke slam backbreaker! Cover, but Finn breaks it! Finn throws Elias out, then wipes him out with a dropkick. Finn keeps going, but Corbin clobbers Finn on the apron! Roode rolls Corbin up, TWO! Corbin runs into boots, then Roode climbs up for the GLORIOUS Blockbuster! Cover, Elias breaks it.
Elias gets to his corner, and calls for the tag. Corbin reaches, but Finn trips Elias up. Finn glares at Corbin, egging him on. Corbin takes the bait, and they brawl! Finn swing kicks Corbin, then puts him in the ring. Finn climbs up but Corbin trips him up! But then he runs at Roode, only to get post! Roode is ready, and he winds it up. GLORIOUS pose, but SPINEBUSTER for Elias. Corbin clobbers Roode, End Of Days! Cover, Corbin & Elias win!
Winners: Baron Corbin & Elias, Corbin pinning
The Constable uses chaos to his advantage, and he gets the win for his team. Will Sunday be a repeat performance as Corbin looks to make Finn feel as small as Corbin says he is?
Kevin eats in Angle’s office.
But then Braun Strowman appears! Kevin wants Strowman to keep his distance. Kevin is excused from tonight, but Angle says he and Strowman will have a match Sunday. It’ll be a Steel Cage Match so that Kevin can’t run away. Strowman likes that, but he smells something. It’s Kevin, who reeks of fear. He sprays Lysol at Kevin, and Kevin coughs. With steel keeping Kevin in with the Monster Among Men, will he feel far worse than he ever has before?
Backstage interview with Roman Reigns.
Does he think it was reckless to provoke Bobby Lashley like that? No, not at all. it’s what Roman wanted to do. Neither man respected each other, but then that fire in Lashley’s eyes actually gave Roman some respect for him. But Lashley can’t beat Roman in mind or body, because Roman has the killer instinct. This will be different. Roman vows to beat Lashley to move on to bigger and better while Lashley goes back to being The Guy somewhere else. When these two alphas go head to head, who will come out the TOP Dog?
Seth Rollins VS Drew McIntyre w/ Dolph Ziggler!
The Architect lasted over an hour back in the #RawGauntlet earlier this year, but it was a distraction from the Celtic Colossus that cost him the Intercontinental Championship. Again, the added stipulation to this match is that if McIntyre loses, he will NOT be allowed ringside for Extreme Rules so as not to mire the Ironman match with controversy. Can Rollins get back at McIntyre for all that ahead of going the distance against The Show-Off?
The bell rings, and the two stare down as they start to circle. Rollins also knows Ziggler could be the distraction this time. They tie up and McIntyre in a corner. McIntyre talks trash as he honors the ropebreak. He lets Rollins get out, so Rollins does. They tie up again, and McIntyre throws Rollins tot he mat. McIntyre kneels and grins at Rollins as he rolls to the ropes. Rollins and McIntyre go again, but Rollins throws a quick jab. Rollins sticks and moves, then gets a headlock. McIntyre uses power to lift Rollins, but Rollins holds onto the hold. Rollins tries but fails in the takeover, and McIntyre throws Rollins off to run him over. McIntyre gets the headlock takedown, and traps an arm as well. Rollins endures while fans rally up for him.
Rollins sits up and manages to power out, but things speed up. He dropkicks McIntyre, but McIntyre comes back with a shoulder. Rollins gets up and fires off haymakers and chops, but McIntyre knees low. McIntyre grabs Rollins, for a deadlift suplex! Cover, ONE, but McIntyre drags Rollins back up for a chop. Rollins falls to the mat, but McIntyre brings him up again for another chop. Rollins is floored again, but now McIntyre is on him with an armlock. Ziggler likes what he sees, but fans support Rollins. Rollins works his way up and fights his way out. He chops McIntyre, then runs, but into an overhead suplex! Cover, TWO, but McIntyre is back on Rollins with a seated abdominal stretch. Fans chant “Burn it Down!” and Rollins feeds off it. Rollins stands, fights back, but is clobbered with a clothesline!
McIntyre stomps Rollins in the face, then toys with him. McIntyre brings Rollins up for a chop, then into a standing armlock. Rollins endures again, and fans build to a new rally. Rollins stands up and chops McIntyre. McIntyre clubs Rollins, but Rollins slips out of the back suplex. Rollins sends McIntyre out, then hits a wrecking ball dropkick. McIntyre staggers away, Rollins builds speed, but McIntyre catches the dive into an apron backbreaker! The Scottish Terminator is in control while we go to one more break.
Raw returns again, and McIntyre has Rollins back in an armlock. Fans chant “Burn It Down!” and Rollins fights up and out. Rollins whips but McIntyre reverses, to then throw Rollins overhead again! McIntyre drags Rollins to a cover, TWO. McIntyre grounds ‘n’ pounds, and Ziggler again likes what he sees. Ziggler applauds while fans boo and jeer. McIntyre drags Rollins back up, and puts him in a corner. He chops Rollins, then toys with him more. McIntyre stomps the hand that reaches for ropes, then stomps Rollins’ face. McIntyre rides Rollins with another armlock. Rollins endures while Ziggler tells him to just give up. Rollins reaches for ropes but McIntyre keeps him grounded. McIntyre also pushes on the chinbar, but Rollins powers up again. Rollins gets up and jawbreakers McIntyre away!
McINtyre drags Rollins up for another deadlift, but Rollins knees out. Rollins gets McIntyre with the buckle shot! Ziggler looks a little worried now as McIntyre gets to a corner. Rollins crawls away but McIntyre follows. Rollins chops and punches, then runs. The clotheslines aren’t enough to knock McIntyre down. McIntyre kicks, but Rollins follows the run, to Slingblade! McIntyre rolls out of the ring, and Rollins builds speed to DIVE! The tope suicida hits this time, so Rollins gives McIntyre a second! Fans fire up with Rollins, and want a third. Rollins puts McIntyre in and climbs up to the corner. He springboards in for the flying clothesline! Cover, TWO!
Ziggler is stressing out while both Rollins and McIntyre are down. Rollins crawls over to McIntyre and stands him up. He wants a powerbomb but McIntyre denies. Rollins elbows McIntyre down, then brings him up, but McIntyre backdrops out. Rollins lands on his feet to kick McIntyre back. He goes up, blockbuster! Cover, TWO! Ziggler is still worried as Rollins sits up first. Fans chant “Burn It Down!” and Rollins stomps along. Ziggler warns McIntyre, but the mule kick hits. Rollins runs, but McIntyre dodges the stomp. Rollins elbows McIntyre back, then runs, but McIntyre gets through the boot to inverted Alabama Slam! Cover, TWO!!
Ziggler is frantic and frustrated as Rollins survives. McIntyre brings Rollins back up but fans still chant for Rollins. Rollins slips out, rolls up, TWO, and McIntyre chops Rollins. McIntyre runs but Rollins follows. His enziguri misses, deadlift sit-out from McIntyre! TWO!! Ziggler is beside himself with anxiety. McIntyre has Rollins on the apron and drags him back up. He bumps Rollins off a buckle, then climbs up top. He brings Rollins up with him, but Rollins slips out! Rollins trips McIntyre up! Rollins kicks McIntyre into the Tree of Woe! He climbs up top, and takes aim, but McIntyre sits up to throw Rollins away! McIntyre aims from the corner while Rollins gets to the other corner. McIntyre runs, but into a SUPERKICK! Then, Falcon Arrow! Cover, TWO!
Both men are down, but fans keep chanting for Rollins. “This is Awesome!” as Rollins drags McIntyre back up. Rollins gets the wristlock, but McIntyre headbutts! The cover, TWO! Ziggler can’t take much more of this, but somehow Rollins can. McIntyre fires himself up as he brings Rollins into the fireman’s carry. He hauls Rollins up to the top rope, and fans sense something dangerous. Rollisn does, too, and he manages to slip out, for a running buckle bump! Then, mule kick! McIntyre is down, but Rollins climbs up. Rollins aims, but Ziggler distracts. Ziggler gets kicked down, crossbody on McIntyre! Cover, TWO! Pele from Rollins! Curb Stomp to Ziggler! CLAYMORE outta nowhere! Cover, McIntyre wins!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall
There will be no banning the Scottish Terminator from ringside now. He will be beside the current Intercontinental Championship for Sunday’s Ironman match. Will McIntyre continue to help Ziggler survive Rollins in return for tonight? Or can The Kingslayer overcome the odds and take back the title?
This Raw felt like another relapse into the days of lazy go-home booking. They filled for time at the beginning with a recap package when that opening segment was more than enough. Whether you like Roman or not, that was a pretty good brawl for him and Lashley. Not sure we needed their interviews after, it should’ve been more both men were “sent home” so that they wouldn’t fight again. Alexa-Mickie VS Nia-Natt was good. It feeds their personal story as well as more fuel for Women’s Tag Division(s). Nia breaking that kendo stick doesn’t seem to kill Alexa’s confidence, but that selfie promo of hers should’ve been saved for the Extreme Rules Kickoff.
Kevin showing up just to hide in Angle’s office was really silly to do. If Kevin had a note, he should’ve used it only when Strowman appeared as his last line of defense against having a match tonight. For that matter, the announcement of Strowman VS Kevin in a Steel Cage should’ve been done right then and there to just get it out of the way. Mojo VS Jose finally has its rematch, and I was a bit surprised Mojo won again. This “feud” likely ends here as it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere for anyone but Mojo. Maybe Mojo will find some new rival after Extreme Rules. And I feel Raw is already killing this Sasha-Bayley with no more Dr. Shelby and no escalation from last week. I hope this slow burn gets it right come Summerslam, those two need to fight already.
The B Team continues to shock with their wins over Hardy in singles matches, but with that nod to The Revival, the B Team isn’t winning so that the #TopGuys can challenge them next. While B Team plays around and copies the gimmicks, I bet the Revival will call it out for being smoke and mirrors and special effects, only to be the team dragged into the WOKEN Universe for the second WWE Deletion special. Ember does great in another win over Liv, and Liv does great even in defeat. Their troubles continuing without Ruby will make for a great story for them, especially if the Women’s Tag Division forms in the meantime. As for Ember, if Ronda is up next for the title, then perhaps Ember can take on Alexa assuming she loses at Extreme Rules for Goddess VS War Goddess.
Elias and Corbin do great as a team over Finn and Roode, and obviously the point of Corbin singing horribly is to add that his ego makes him oblivious to how bad he is. Corbin won tonight, but I would think Finn wins Sunday to even things out. Plus, Finn hasn’t won too many things lately, this grudge match would be good for Finn to head towards a title. Rollins has a good promo, as do McIntyre & Ziggler. Rollins VS McIntyre was a really great match, but the crowd was so numb after sitting through nothing much at all. McIntyre wins to put the pressure all on Rollins, but I bet Rollins out in the end. McIntyre might even be Rollins’ next opponent to lead towards Summerslam.
My Score: 7.9/10
Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (4/13/19)
Who qualifies for the Crockett Cup?!
Ring of Honor Wrestling Television, Episode 395
ROH plays host to a Crockett Cup Qualifying Match! Will The Briscoes make it through Willie Mack and Jeff Cobb? Or will #DemBoyz be left out in the cold?
- Shane Taylor VS Luchasaurus; Taylor wins.
- Katie Forbes & Mazzerati VS Sumie Sakai & Mayu Iwatani; Sakai & Iwatani win.
- Crockett Cup Qualifying Match: The Briscoes VS Jeff Cobb & Willie Mack; The Briscoes win and move on to The Crockett Cup tag team tournament.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Briscoes speak.
“So when we heard that they’re bringing back the Crockett Cup for 2019…” “Classic.” “We was hyped.” “Hyped!” The Crockett Cup, let’s go! But then they were making Jay & Mark qualify? What the hell? Jay felt disrespected hearing that. They’re 10-time tag team champions and they have to qualify!? But that’s fine, “watch this!” Because at the end, when they’ve won the whole thing atop a pile of bodies, “y’all did this.” Cobb, Mack, the Road to the Cup starts tonight. The Briscoes have warned their opponents, but will they be the ones left out?
Shane Taylor VS Luchasaurus!
The Notorious Hitman wants a championship and the paycheck that comes with it, and will go after anyone he has to to get there. But can he get past the towering beast put before him?
Taylor refuses the Code of Honor to tell Luchasaurus that it doesn’t matter where he came from, he’s in Taylor’s town. Taylor pie faces Luchasaurus but Luchasaurus gives it back. The bell rings and they tie up. They break and then go again, to break again. Fans cheer on Luchasaurus as he dares Taylor to bring it. Taylor runs in but gets a boot. Luchasaurus has his dukes up and Taylor likes the look of that. They circle and Luchasaurus kicks Taylor sharp in the leg. Luchasaurus stalks Taylor but Taylor comes back to circle with him. Taylor gets a swift JAB in, then talks trash, but Luchasaurus swings a kick. Taylor ducks it to give Luchasaurus a CHOP! Luchasaurus stays standing and gives Taylor kicks! Taylor staggers and Luchasaurus runs in, but Taylor puts him on the apron.
Luchasaurus headbutts Taylor but Taylor dodges the boot. Taylor gives another strong JAB, then slingshots Luchasaurus in for a stunner! Fans cheer that show of strength as Taylor covers. TWO, but Taylor keeps on Luchasaurus with clubbing forearms. The wrestling T-Rex is in trouble as we go to break.
ROH returns as Taylor puts Luchasaurus in a corner for CHOPS! Taylor whips Luchasaurus corner to corner then runs in, but into a boot. Luchasaurus boots again but Taylor grabs it. Luchasaurus pries free to give Taylor a knee! Taylor catches Luchasaurus for a CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Taylor taunts Luchasaurus as he drags Luchasaurus up. Fans rally and Luchasaurus grabs Taylor for a choke! Taylor breaks free and grabs for Luchasaurus, but he blocks it! Luchasaurus gives a strike fest, and a cartwheel for Snake Bite headscissors! Rolling buzzsaw! Cover, TWO! Taylor survives but Luchasaurus keeps his cool. Luchasaurus drags Taylor up but Taylor hits back. They brawl with big shots back and forth, but Luchasaurus gets the edge.
Luchasaurus swings but Taylor bobs ‘n’ weaves to headbutt! Taylor runs but into a knee! Then a back heel kick! Luchasaurus runs, dodges, but still gets clobbered with a clothesline! Cover, TWO! Taylor keeps his cool while he trash talks Luchasaurus. But Luchasaurus sits up and grabs Taylor by the throat! They both stand, but Taylor tries to break free. Luchasaurus lets him go to swing a heel kick. Taylor ducks it, to get the return kick! And another big heel kick! Luchasaurus hits his CHOKE SLAM! And a standing moonsault, but to knees! Taylor survives and then blocks the boot to give a massive urenage! He rolls Luchasaurus for a knee! Greetings from the 216! Cover, Taylor wins!!
Winner: Shane Taylor, by pinfall
The Hitman takes down the Monster from the Mesozoic! Will this be what Taylor needs to go for gold?
Last time on ROH…
The Octopus, Jonathon Gresham, went for revenge on The Last Real Man for adding insult to injury on his bad leg. But after getting bloodied, Silas Young got his hands dirty by sneaking in a low blow! Silas won, and in an interview afterward, Silas told Gresham via the camera that Gresham’s revenge didn’t go the way he thought. Sure he busted Silas open, but Silas-
Wait, Gresham finds Silas. Silas is talking crap, and he looks like crap, too. Gresham’s sure talking big. He may have busted Silas open, but he couldn’t get the job done, huh? Gresham says all their match proved was that Silas couldn’t win fair and square. Silas claims he won with a wrestling move a la that small package cradle. Gresham says Silas is lucky Gresham won’t punch him again. ROH security keeps this from getting any more heated, but there is much left to settle between Octopus and Last Real Man. Will Silas prove he’s a man by giving Gresham a fair rematch?
Tenille Dashwood joins commentary.
She has great news: she’s cleared to compete! When and where will she bring the spotlight back on her and head for that Women of Honor World Championship?
Katie Forbes & Mazzerati VS Sumie Sakai & Mayu Iwatani!
The All Natural and her friend, The Fox, make their ROH TV debuts as a team, but will they stand a chance against two former WOH World Champions?! Just how bright will the Ray of Sunshine and Queen of Stardom shine as a dynamic duo?
The Code of Honor is denied with a flick of the hair and an L for loser on the foreheads. Mazz starts for her team against Mayu! Fans fire up for “Stardom! Stardom!” as Mayu tries the Code again. Mazz SLAPS Mayu and calls her a loser! Mayu kicks and whips Mazz and things speed up. Mayu springboards and arm-drags Mazz then hip tosses her down. She snapmares with hair and covers, TWO! Mazz gets away while Mayu knips up, and fans fire up for the decorated Joshi star. Mazz tags to Forbes but Mayu tags to Sumie. Sumie has the fans on her side but Forbes ignores it. They tie up and Forbes shoves Sumie down. Sumie gets back up and ties up with Forbes again.
Forbes uses the height advantage for leverage, but Sumie kicks at her legs. Sumie goes to whip but Forbes blocks. Forbes whips Sumie but misses in the corner. Sumie fires off Mongolian chops! And chops and chops and chops! Fans fire up but Forbes throws Sumie by her hair! Forbes sits Sumie up for her “enhanced” hip attack! Sumie scrambles to a corner and Forbes handsprings corner to corner for a back elbow. Forbes adds insult to injury with her “All Natural” Stink Face! The ref counts and Forbes backs off at 4. Forbes drags Sumie to a cover, TWO! The duo of champions is in trouble as Forbes drags Sumie to her corner and we go to break.
ROH returns as Mazz whips Sumie corner to corner. Mazz then runs in, but into a boot! Mazz staggers but comes back in to block the next boot. She puts Sumie’s leg on the ropes to kick it. Mazz suplexes and covers, TWO! Mazz keeps her cool and runs to drop the leg, but Sumie gets clear! Sumie crawls but Forbes goes around to the corner and drags Mayu off the apron! Forbes teases Sumie as she holds Mayu up. Sumie gets attacked from behind and Forbes gives Mayu a snake eyes on the apron. Mazz drags Sumie up and whips but Sumie reverses. Mazz grabs ropes and spins to heel kick Sumie away. She gives Sumie a DDT, then covers, but Mayu breaks it! Mazz is furious but fans rally up for Sumie. Mazz spins but Sumie dodges to kick and TJ Neckbreaker!
Fans rally up and Sumie crawls for her corner. Hot tag to Mayu! Mayu aims and dropkicks Mazz down! She drags her back up but Forbes runs in to attack. The duo double whips Mayu but she reverses and wristlocks for a springboard DOUBLE arm-drag! Fans fire up as Mayu gives them both the basement dropkick! Mayu fires up now as she stays on Mazz. She drags Mazz up for a Northern Lights! Bridging cover, TWO! Mazz lives but Mayu stomps her down before tagging Sumie. Mayu climbs one corner as Mazz staggers up, missile dropkick sends her back down! Sumie is perched, crossbody! Cover, TWO!! Mazz survives and Forbes attacks Sumie just because.
Sumie slaps Forbes then puts her in a corner. The Joshi duo double whips but Mazz dodges and spins things around. Mazz sends Sumie into Mayu, then Forbes grabs them both for a DOUBLE Fireman’s Carry! The All Natural does squats with that weight, then hits a DOUBLE Samoan Drop! Mazz flounders to cover Sumie but Sumie gets up. Mazz throws hands then drags Mayu back in. Sumie hits Mazz while Forbes goes to throw Mayu. Mayu blocks and then SUPERKICKS Forbes! Mazz hits Sumie back then goes after Mayu. Mayu SUPERKICKS Mazz, then Smash Mouse from Sumie! Cover, Sumie & Mayu win!!
Winners: Sumie Sakai & Mayu Iwatani, Sakai pinning
The duo of former champions toughs it out and gets the win! Will this new team make big waves in the WOH Division’s growing tag scene?
PJ Black speaks.
“Let me start from the beginning.” The Darewolf came in with a chip on his shoulder, thought he knew better and was just plain better. But his loss to Bandido really hurt. PJ’s been doing this for 22 years now, but given how long he’s been doing this, the frustration is building. He’s been trying to take shortcuts to get ahead, but it doesn’t work. ROH is built on honor and respect, of course, but PJ’s been doing the opposite. Now he’s doing some soul searching and rethinking his mindset. He knows he has to do it differently now. LifeBlood sets a great example for him, and he’ll learn to follow the honor in Ring of Honor. PJ knows now he didn’t know better, but will he be able to make it right in a rematch next week in episode 396?
Crockett Cup Qualifying Match: The Briscoes VS Jeff Cobb & Willie Mack!
The most decorated tag team in ROH were practically offended that they’d have to qualify for the return of the iconic tag team tournament! But as the “baddest tag team on the whole damn planet”, they’ll gladly beat up anyone and everyone they have to in order to win it all. Will #DemBoyz be able to overcome the ROH World Television and NWA National Heavyweight Champions? Or will Cobb and Mack be the duo to #ManUp and make it into the Crockett Cup?
ROH returns as both teams uphold the Code of Honor. That’s surprising for the way The Briscoes have been acting lately. Fans duel for the two teams as they sort out. Mack and Mark start and stare down with the bell. Fans rally up and Mack circles with Mark. They tie up and Mack powers Mark to a corner. Mark turns it around and grinds his forearm in. He backs off at 4 but Mack dodges the chop to give a chop! Mack CHOPS again, but Mark CHOPS back. They trade CHOP after CHOP! Neither man backs down as they keep firing them off! Mack eggs Mark on but Mark knees low. Mark headlocks but Mack powers out to his own. Mark powers out but Mack runs him over!
Mack speeds things up and hurdles over Mark, to then hit a BIG Thesz Press! He fires off hands then runs for a Stone Cold elbow drop. Fans fire up as Mack brings Mark up and powers him to the corner. Cobb tags in and rams his shoulders in. Cobb throws European Uppercuts then whips Mark to a corner. He scoops Mark on the rebound to then suplex! Cobb holds Mark up for a count of 15! Mark flops up and out of the ring! Jay hurries to regroup with his brother and get him back in this. Mark goes back in to tag Jay and Jay circles with Cobb.
They tie up and Jay waistlocks Cobb. Cobb pries his way out to a wristlock but Jay rolls and spins and drop toeholds. Jay gets a facelock but Cobb powers him to a corner! Cobb lets Jay go clean and now the hair comes down from both men. Fans fire up as Cobb shakes the locks out. Jay calls for a test of strength, but with the Hawaiian Hulk? They tie up, but Jay kicks low. The Briscoes tag and mug Cobb while we go to break.
ROH returns as Jay uppercuts Cobb to a corner. Jay throws more uppercuts then whips corner to corner. Cobb reverses but runs into a back elbow. Jay tags in Mark and the Briscoes double whip, to run Cobb over with double shoulders! Fans cheer that as Mark covers, ONE! Mark keeps his eyes on Mack while stomping Cobb. Cobb grits his teeth and throws body shots back. Cobb rocks Mark but Mark hits Mack! Mark still gets forearms from Cobb then Cobb whips to elbow Mark down. Cobb brings Mark up for more forearms, then whips again. Mark holds ropes and Jay tags in. The Briscoes swarm and Mark feeds Cobb to Jay’s boot!
Mark hits Mack again for good measure while Jay drags Cobb up again. The Briscoes throw Cobb out then Mark climbs to corkscrew moonsault onto them both! The South Sussex Chicken flies and takes them both out! Mark puts Cobb in for Jay and Jay covers. TWO, but Jay keeps on Cobb with a headbutt. Jay kicks and bumps Cobb in a corner then stomps in a mudhole. He grinds his boot in but backs off at 4. Jay drags Cobb up to tag Mark, and The Briscoes mug Cobb again. Mark stays between Cobb and Mack as he CHOPS and forearms Cobb. He puts Cobb back in the corner and tags in Jay. They mug Cobb more and Jay rams his shoulders in. Jay brings Cobb around and manages to snap suplex him! Fans cheer that as Jay tags Mark.
Mark clubs Cobb but Cobb throws hands. Mark knees low and clubs Cobb again, but Cobb dodges to DROPKICK! Cobb rolls, hot tag to Mack! The Return of the Mack rallies on The Briscoes! Running leg lariat puts Mark in a corner! Mack goes side to side for a sharp forearm, then side to side again for a bicycle boot! Mark sits down and Mack goes corner to corner for the inverted cannonball! Cover, TWO! Mark survives but Mack keeps his cool. Mack whips Mark corner to corner but Mark reverses. Jay runs in to forearm, and feed Mack to Mark’s shotgun dropkick! Mark drags Mack to a cover, TWO! Tag to Jay and the Briscoes stomp out Mack while we go to one last break.
ROH returns again as Mark holds Mack in the Briscoe corner. Jay distracts the ref while Mark rakes Mack’s eyes, but then the ref has to keep Cobb back. Jay stomps a mudhole into Mack in that time, then both Briscoes grind their boot in. The ref reprimands them both but Jay keeps going to EuroUpper Mack. Tag to Mark and The Briscoes continue to mug Mack. Mark rocks Mack with an uppercut, then stalks him to an open corner for more stomps. Mack throws hands but Mark haymakers and headbutts him down. Mark snapmares Mack to a neck wrench! Fans rally up as Mack endures. Mack works his way up and fights his way out. Mark clubs Mack back then runs, but into Mack’s pop-up complete shot! Both men are down but fans fire up as they stir.
Mack and Mark crawl, hot tag to Cobb but Jay still runs in! Cobb catches Jay for a BIG overhead belly2belly suplex! Mark staggers up and gets one of his own! Cobb sees the Briscoes in opposite corners, so Cobb runs for a big leaping elbow on Jay, then corner to corner for one on Mark! Cobb scoops Mark but Jay saves him. The Briscoes double whip but Cobb reverses to pull them into each other! Cobb gets a leg each, and gives both Briscoes a single leg suplex! Fans fire up as Cobb hits a STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Mark lives and gets to a corner but Cobb goes at him for CHOPS. Cobb whips but Mark goes up and forearms Cobb back. Mark ducks Cobb to PELE! Tag to Jay, and Jay runs to clobber Cobb! Cover, TWO!
Jay grows frustrated but he drags Cobb up for a neckbreaker, only for Cobb to power out and SUPERKICK! Hot tag to Mack! Mack rallies on Jay with clotheslines and elbows! Mack scoops to a Samoan Drop! And knip up to his own standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Jay still lives and gets away. Mack builds speed but Jay gets away again. Mack pursues but Mark wrecks Mack with a dropkick! Cobb comes around, but gets an apron blockbuster! The Briscoes suckered both opponents in! Jay gets Mack in and fans cheer “Man Up!” Jay underhooks Mack but Mack powers out and ducks to hit a big exploder! Cover, TWO! Mack keeps cool as he whips Jay corner to corner. Jay reverses but runs into a boot. Mack climbs up but Jay intercepts! Mark springboards in, Doomsday! Cover, but Cobb barrels in to break it up!
Fans know “This is Awesome!” and far from over! The Briscoes throw Cobb out then go back to Mack. Mark tags in and Jay helps Mark get Mack up. Canadian rack, but Cobb blasts Jay down! Mack escapes, STUNNER! TO GERMAN!! Mack climbs up, FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Mark survives and Mack cannot believe it! Cobb drags Mark up to whip but Jay saves Mark at the ropes. Mark baits Cobb in to send him out, and Jay BOOTS Cobb down! Mark drags Mack up and throws a CHOP! Mack CHOPS back, Mark CHOPS back, repeat! They go for forearms next, then Mack back hands. Mack runs but into a forearm. Mark runs but into a BOOT! Mack runs but Jay headscissors! Jay underhooks, JAY DRILLER! Mark up, FROGGY-BOW!! Cover, The Briscoes win!!
Winners: The Briscoes, Mark Briscoe pinning; advance to the Crockett Cup Tournament
Against a team as tough as they are strong, the Baddest Team on the Whole Damn Planet makes it into the more prestigious tag tournament in the world! Will #DemBoyz beat the best teams in NJPW, NWA and CMLL to take the whole cup, too?
What a great episode of ROH! Taylor VS Luchasaurus was a solid opener, both guys are big but agile so it made for a good match-up. Taylor wins because he’s a strong enough Heel to go after Face champion Jeff Cobb for that ROH World TV title. Of course, by this time in real-time, Cobb is dual champion with both the ROH WTV and NEVER Openweight Championship after G1 Supercard. I’d imagine Cobb being that strong now, I doubt Taylor wins. And there’s obviously a lot more to Silas VS Gresham, their next rematch will be just as good if not better than their previous. The PJ Black VS Bandido rematch next week will be a great match for TV, but I wonder if PJ really will keep it clean like he’s been saying.
The WOH tag match was pretty good, but I’m both surprised and disappointed it wasn’t just an exhibition of how great Sumie Sakai and Mayu Iwatani are. Even after watching her as Khloe Hurtz on Women of Wrestling, and full-well knowing she was trained by Rob Van Dam, I still don’t see how she and a tag partner could’ve lasted this long against two former champions. Especially when, at the time of this taping, Mayu was still WOH Champion and a champion in Stardom. Sumie and Mayu still win, thankfully, and this just seems to further push that ROH is considering their own Women’s Tag Championships. A sadder irony of tape delay is that while Tenille Dashwood is cleared to compete, her contract expired and it doesn’t seem like she’s renewing with ROH. There goes my idea that she’d say Kelly Klein was the one who attacked and injured her.
The tag match main event was incredible! It really is a shame this wasn’t part of the Crockett Cup itself, but if this was just a qualifier, all the matches of the tournament are going to be insane! And I would really hope with how hard The Briscoes fought to get in, they at the very least go to the finals. The Briscoes should also beat Villain Enterprises as payback for losing the ROH World Tag Team Championships to them. Then hopefully once they’ve won the Crockett Cup, The Briscoes go back after the Guerrillas of Destiny to at least take back the ROH tag titles and we get the 2v2 match we were supposed to get in the first place.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mathew’s AJPW Champion Carnival B Block Results & Review: Part 3
Another few days, Mathew brings us another part of the Champion Carnival! All Japan’s biggest tournament of the year keeps churning in quality! How is B block going?
Another few days, Mathew brings us another part of the Champion Carnival! All Japan’s biggest tournament of the year keeps churning in quality!
Welcome back to the Carnival, as we look at the next three shows for the part of the ongoing tournament.
The last part had a lot of solid matches and some nice victories that changed the game a little bit. As we get a little bit closer to the finals, the standings for this set of matches should be interesting.
Will Yoshitatsu remain the only one undefeated now or someone breaks that? Let’s see who will move up or down in the standings as we…dive right in.
- 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
- 1 Star: Vince Russo
- 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
- 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
- 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
- 5 Stars: Jim Cornette
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Jake Lee vs. Yoshitatsu
Review: Our first match for this show is Jake Lee taking on Yoshitatsu. Jake Lee was recently able to get his first win when he defeated Joel Redman. Yoshitatsu is currently the only one undefeated when he won against Suwama at the last show. Jake would need to have another win here to move up while Yoshi winning would move him to the top spot. Can Jake get another win or will Yoshi remain undefeated?
Yoshi, I know you spent money on Hunter Club gear and I’m sure you’re very proud of yourself but I think you should let that go. You’re not in New Japan anymore, no real need for it and just move forward. Anyway, I thought this was an enjoyable match but if I had to nitpick one thing, it would be that I wish there was a lot more intensity in the match since you kinda felt that when they had a tag match in the last big show I did for them and it didn’t feel like a grudge match or anything for the first half of it. Yoshi having good matches back to back is a very pleasant surprise and I hope that momentum keeps on going as we go forward with the tournament. The chemistry between them was a really nice touch with a great showing by both these men. Jake psyched Yoshi out with a punch to the gut and ran towards him only to get caught in a Koji Clutch which Jake rolled him up for a two count. Yoshi would eventually hook the Koji Clutch all the way after countering his Backdrop and it looked like he had him tapped but Jake answered the referee, making him break it up and pin him for a two. Jake would deliver two knees to his chest before hitting the Backdrop Driver to get the three count, ending the only winning streak we had for B Block.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Suwama vs. Sam Adonis
Review: Our next match is Sam Adonis taking on Suwama. Suwama recently lost to Yoshitatsu but he’s still in a good position with only one win and one loss as he still has time to bounce back. Sam currently has zero wins and two losses, so he would need to get a win here if he would wanna stay in the game a little longer. Can Suwama bounce back or does Sam sweep his chances under the rug?
Suwama is a great opponent for Sam as they have similar styles, making it easier for Sam to work with and show more of what he could do in the ring as he gave a much better performance here than his previous match against Joel. They were able to showcase enough power and strikes to make it rather engaging for the audience who are fans of this type of style, to begin with. It also shows how helpful Suwama can be with his opponents to help make them look good while bringing out your potential as the match progresses. Sam would get Suwama down with a few hits such as the Blockbuster and even lifted him for a Running Powerslam as Suwama was still able to kick out and gets frustrated as he goes to grab a chair for later. Suwama would attempt another Last Ride after failing the first time as Sam would use a dirty tactic of biting his fingers to make him let go as he grabbed the chair to try and strikes him, but Suwama grabbed it and threw it to the side. When the referee wasn’t looking, Sam would hit him with a low blow and roll him up for a two count. Sam isn’t done as he hits a Lariat and a modified Brainbuster it looked like as he shocked the fans by picking up his first win in the tournament. More of this Sam and he’ll be in good shape.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Naoya Nomura vs. Joel Redman
Review: Onto the next show as the one opening this up is Naoya Nomura taking on Joel Redman. Nomura recently suffered his first loss when he fought Joe Doering but he’s still in a good spot as he’s still in first place with the three wins he already has under his belt. Joel recently got his first win when he defeated Sam Adonis and he now has a chance to climb up the ladder a little bit more if he can take Nomura down here. Will Nomura get another win and secure his spot or will Joel pull him down a bit?
I see Joel went back to his better gear than his previous one, thank goodness because he looks a lot better without the singlet. Speaking of Joel, he delivers another great performance in his match against Nomura who also performed just as great as Joel did. Joel was able to do arm manipulation once he threw Nomura into the turnbuckle to know where he needed to take the advantage over him. Nomura did great selling the injury and getting the crowd behind him when he hits Joel with the Spear to try and get momentum back on his side. Nomura would be able to hit a Northern Lights Suplex and another Spear with a roll-up as Joel would still kick out of it. Joel was able to catch him into the Fujiwara Armbar and it looked like he had him ready to tap but Nomura would grab the ropes. Joel saw him going towards the apron and hits a Suplex from the other side and catches him for a Spinning Tombstone and Nomura would still kick out of it, but he quickly turned it back into the Fujiwara Armbar and Nomura tapped out! I know it’s been 7 years since this match happened, but I would love to see Joel Redman fight Zack Sabre Jr again, like immediately.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and three quarters
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Suwama vs. Takashi Yoshida
Review: Our match to close our block for this show is Takashi Yoshida coming back as he takes on Suwama. Suwama has one win and two losses while Takashi is one win and one loss as of right now, so they’re pretty much about even right now. Suwama would need to win the match here though if he can stay in the game. Which one of these two giants comes out the victor in this brawl?
I wasn’t too fond of the first half of the match due to it being a little bit clunky and the fighting around the outside of the arena dragged on a little bit longer than it needed to, plus the camera angles for most of it didn’t help out at all. Outside of that though, the middle of the match was a lot better than I highly anticipated since you got two giants duking it out as best they could with the throat thrusts, Lariats, and a Powerbomb from Takashi along with other power moves. While I’m still not a big fan of Takashi, he has been performing in this tournament much better than anticipated since he used this time to actually showcase his move set properly. Suwama was also able to help Takashi out in the match to make him perform better like how he did with Sam the previous night.
Takashi would have Suwama in his clutches as he hits him with a Diving Elbow Drop for a two count and would do his throat thrusts with a Lariat as Suwama would counter the Lariat with a Lariat of his own on his arm. Suwama would be able to hit the Backdrop and Takashi would be able to kick out of it and Suwama wants to call for the finish when he sets him up for the Last Ride. Once he had Takashi up for the Last Ride, he would just drop him down without doing the full move and I’m not exactly sure what happened there. Suwama would pick him up instead of pinning him as he hits one more Backdrop to get the pinfall victory in a solid match but sloppy beginning and end.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Joe Doering vs. Sam Adonis
Review: Our final show for this article as our opening match is Joe Doering taking on Sam Adonia. Both of these men are currently with one win and two losses under their belt, meaning one of them is going to have to suffer a third loss and be in a rather bad position with the standings. Which one of them will be in last place?
The first minute or so was basically Sam hiding behind the rope so he wouldn’t be touched as you have Joe waiting by the ropes, not having any of his crap today as he just wants to beat him up. Which is exactly what he does do when they’re outside of the ring for a couple of minutes as the two were back and forth, but it was mostly Joe that was getting the upper hand. Joe got him back in the ring as he would look to put him away as Sam would distract the referee long enough to kick Joe in the dick and down goes the giant. Joe is unable to move as Sam would pin him down to get the pinfall victory, leaving Joe in last place with three losses.
Rating: Tony Schiavone and a quarter
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Joel Redman vs. Takashi Yoshida
Review: Our final match for this set of matches is Joel Redman taking on Takashi Yoshida. Joel is even right now with two wins and losses while Takashi only has one win still but with two losses, meaning things aren’t looking so hot for Takashi right now. Is Joel does win here, then he’ll be in first place next to Naoya Nomura and if Takashi wins, the majority of them will all be tied up except for Joe and Nomura. Which one of them will get the victory?
It’s so weird seeing Takashi trying to chain wrestle Joel at the beginning of the match and the shocking part of it is him doing it well on top of that, scary sight if you ask me. Joel is, of course, more technically sound compared to Takashi, so of course, he would win this part of the bout. Takashi performed a lot better here than he did in his previous match with Suwama from beginning to end while Joel keeps on proving his worth with all the matches he’s been in. Joel would give Takashi a couple of kicks to take him down before he does his Diving Knee Drop off the top rope for a two count. It looked like Joel was gonna go for the Spinning Tombstone but Takashi would fight out of it to pick him up as Joel gets off him to go for a Backslide with Takashi kicking out. Takashi would hit the Kong Lariat to knock him down and Joel would still kick out, leaving Takashi frustrated and would pick him up to hit the Cyber Bomb as he gets the victory over Joel.
Rating: Eric Bischoff
Overall: Aside from one match, the rest of the show was solid again as usual as I’m very happy with my results so far as it comes to the quality of the matches with an exception for a couple that happened. Our next set of shows should give us a better assessment to see where people stand and who will have no chance of making it.
Favorite Match: Joel Redman vs. Naoya Nomura
Least Favorite Match: Joe Doering vs. Sam Adonis
Naoya Nomura: (3-2) (6 Points)
Yoshitatsu: (2-1) (4 Points)
Daichi Hashimoto: (2-1) (4 Points)
Suwama: (2-2) (4 Points)
Jake Lee: (2-2) (4 Points)
Joel Redman: (2-2) (4 Points)
Takashi Yoshida: (2-2) (4 Points)
Sam Adonis: (2-2) (4 Points)
Joe Doering: (1-3) (2 Points)
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